Director says financing has collapsed

Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has experienced more than the “hiccup” reported in August.

“The financing collapsed about a month and a half ago,” the helmer said Saturday at the Deauville American Film Festival.

“I shouldn’t be here. The plan was to be shooting ‘Quixote’ right now.”

Even so, he still wants to push on with the project.

“Robert Duval is Quixote, Ewan McGregor is also there, and we are looking for new financing right now,” he said.

Gilliam has been trying to make the film for decades. Previous attempts to shoot were memorably captured in Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s 2002 doc “Lost in La Mancha.”

Despite this latest set-back, the helmer said he still didn’t believe in the “curse of Quixote.”

“Don Quixote gives me something to look forward to, always. Maybe the most frightening thing is to actually make the film.”

Gilliam is a guest of honor at the festival, which runs until Sept. 12.

A complete retrospective of his work as a director kicked off Friday with 1985′s “Brazil,” which was also the fest’s opening film.

Gilliam confessed to a weird feeling of deja-vu on seeing his name on the film. “Whoever that guy was, I envy him, because he had a lot more energy than I do now,” he said.

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