Lost in La Mancha

Lost in La Mancha

UK, US, 2002, 93’

directed by: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

written by: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

cast: Terry Gilliam, Jeff Bridges, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Paradis

cinematography: Louis Pepe

edited by: Jacob Bricca

producers: Lucy Darwin

production: Quixote Films, Low Key Pictures

festivals and awards: 

Satellite Awards 2004 – Best Documentary DVD Award

Lost In La Mancha is a testimony of the attempted making and final disintegration of a film. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, this film about director Terry Gilliam's project that never came to be – an adaptation of Don Quixote – reveals the fragile nature of filmmaking. It also portrays the madness and noble character of a creative spirit. What started as just another film about making of a film soon turned into a thrilling chronicle of an unstoppable disaster. Spinal injuries, internal conflicts, freak storms and floods came down on the film crew like an avalanche, turning the entire venture into tilting at windmills. Fortunately, at the request of Gilliam himself, the camera of independent filmmakers Fulton and Pepe was around to record the whole ordeal. Gilliam allowed them access to all segments of the process. He even wore a wireless microphone throughout the project and he never switched it off. 

Keith Fulton, producer, director and editor of documentary films and educational documentaries. In addition to his projects with Low Key Pictures, Fulton has directed and produced segments for the CBS documentary series A Day in the LifeLouis Pepe, independent director of documentary and fiction films. His film Moments of Doubt won Best Short Film Award at the Hamptons IFF. He is a recipient of the 1995 Eastman Kodak Scholarship for excellence in cinematography.