Winner of last year’s Best European Short Film Prize at the European Film Academy Awards, TERRY GILLIAM's latest film is a surreal adventure comedy, sponsored by the Italian pasta manufacturer Garofalo, in which a young boy dreams of a nightmarish dinner after he's sent to bed without any supper by his parents. THE WHOLLY FAMILY is a charming oneiric journey, felliniesque though its perception of dreams and reality as one simultaneous experience and reminding of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Director: TERRY GILLIAM
Cast: CRISTIANA CAPOTONDI , DOUGLAS DEAN, NICOLAS CONNOLLY
Screenplay: TERRY GILLIAM
Cinematography: NICOLA PECORINI
Editing: MICK AUDSLEY
Music: DANIELE SEPE
Producer: GABRIELE ORICCHIO, AMY GILLIAM
Production: BLUE DOOR PRODUCTION
BLUE DOOR PRODUCTION
TERRY GILLIAM is one of the most audacious and controversial contemporary filmmakers, always daring to experiment and challenge conventions. His films are usually highly imaginative fantasies that explore the themes of identity, sanity, imagination and how it shapes who you are. His characters are usually struggling against a greater power, be it external, or their inner demons. The films’ atmosphere is usually dark, surrealistic and describes a world out of balance. Internationally acclaimed for movies such as BRAZIL (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1986 Oscars), THE FISHER KING (winner of a Silver Lion at the 1991 Venice) or FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (nominated for Palm d'Or in 1998), his films are often dark comedies that end with a tragicomic twist.
Best European Short Film - EFA European Film Academy Awards Berlin 2011 / Abu Dhabi IFF 2011 / Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 / Tampere Film Festival 2012 / Indie Lisboa Film Festival 2012 / Seoul IFF 2012 / Vilnius IFF 2012 etc.
“Yet another testament of GILLIAM’s fascination with the theme of imagination, in THE WHOLLY FAMILY, dream and reality don’t remain two separate things. Similarly to Fellini, they are presented as one whole experience. When Jake falls down “the rabbit hole” into a world of fantasy, he takes the past day’s realities into his dream: his hunger, the Pulcinella dolls he so liked and the anger towards his parents. Waking up, the boy then brings the past night’s dreams into reality, as he wears a Pulcinella’s costume, thus openly displaying his role as the trickster. However, the trickster is out-tricked; the end brings a surrealist twist to the story, revealing the significance of the odd nativity scenes and the magical powers of the old merchant.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2012)
“A man turned up at my house in Italy with a huge box of pasta and said that the company that makes this will give me a lot of money to make a short film in Naples. (…) Money that comes from a source like that [ed. – a commercial source], isn’t it tainted, aren’t you under pressure? No, there was no pressure. What happens when you see a film and it says 20th Century Fox or Universal Pictures? That’s a commercial for 20th Century Fox or Universal. Tell me what the difference is. The difference was that nobody interfered.” (TERRY GILLIAM, The Guardian interview)