Terry Gilliam wins fantastic lifetime award
The Fantastic Film Festival will present Terry Gilliam with its Lifetime Achievement Award next month. The festival, which runs from April 18 through April 25, takes place in Amsterdam.
Gilliam deserves the award, festival organizers said, because "he never allows his fantasy to be limited." His films include Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, The Brothers Grimm and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Gilliam, of course, was a member of the Monty Phthon troupe and had been Harvey Kurtzman’s assistant editor on Help! magazine.
Pan’s Labyrinth, from director Guillermo del Toro, opens the festival.
The first Fantastic Film Festival was in 1984, when it was known as the Weekend of Terror. The event was then described by the media as a "meeting ground for nerds with a taste for stomach-churning, violent horror." Since that time, the festival has included fantasy and science fiction films as well as horror.
Previous lifetime achievement award winners include Wes Craven and Paul Verhoeven.