For the last 40 years, Terry Gilliam has brought a rather lovely air of the bizarre to our lives. Whether by way of the opening sequences of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (woman popping out of man’s nose in series 4, anybody?) or his direction of the Gonzo tales of Hunter S Thompson. Gilliam takes the surreal, makes it even crazier and then animates it – most likely with Cupid’s foot squashing the whole thing afterwards.
Which makes us think that he more than deserves his Lifetime Achievement Award at November's 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival.
Gilliam is set to accept the award at The Cairo Opera House, with fans will also getting the chance to hear the Oscar nominated and BAFTA Fellowships director’s story thanks to an ‘in-conversation with’ event, too – including an exclusive audience Q&A. Just think of the questions you can get out of 12 Monkeys alone (24 years we’ve sat on those!).
“It's a great honour to be recognised with this award by the Cairo International Film Festival,” said Gilliam. “I’m very excited to be visiting Egypt in November to meet with audiences and filmmakers to celebrate storytelling.”
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Just a glance at Gilliam’s CV shows a lifetime in honour of the surreal. From the ground-breaking Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969, to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2018, by way of the wild and wonderful Time Bandits, Hunter S Thompson’s cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the dark fantasy of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and more.
“Terry Gilliam is a genius filmmaker, a maverick who has an extraordinary gift for storytelling,”says CIFF’s President Moh Hefzy. “His films are wildly imaginative and sublime, submerging audiences into dizzying dystopias and whimsical fairytales; he is undoubtedly one of the true greats of cinema. His remarkable, visionary body of work, which spans over 40 years, has seen him craft some of the most unique, epic and captivating films ever made. We are honoured to present Terry Gilliam with a Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Cairo International Festival runs from November 21-29