Director Tony Gilliam suffered a minor stroke this weekend ahead of Wednesday’s court ruling that will decide whether his movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote can be screened at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director is now recuperating at his England home. The news was first reported by French newspaper Nice-Martin.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been in the making for more than 20 years, has seen repeated cast changes, and is now stuck in a legal battle. Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, who initially worked with Gilliam on the film, has moved court claiming that he has the rights to the movie. He has sought an injunction against Cannes organisers from showing the film as the closing title on May 19 and seeks to delay the film’s release in France the same day. Gilliam’s lawyer has claimed that Branco did not give them the promised funds for the movie.
The film was included in the Cannes lineup on April 18, a week after the rest of the schedule was announced.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is a surrealistic adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’s canonical Spanish novel and stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce in the lead roles. Gilliam first started work on the film in 1989, but after funding trouble, began production in 2000, with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp in the lead roles. Since then, there have been multiple delays due to a flooding of the set, insurance problems and the deaths of two actors who were meant to play Quixote, Rochefort and John Hurt. Gilliam resumed production in 2017.
In another setback to the film, Amazon Studios will no longer be involved in its distribution in the United States of America, IndieWirereported on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Chinese production company Turbo Films has acquired the rights to release the film in China.
A lesson in harnessing tremendous power to deliver high performance.
Gone are the days when the rich and successful would network during a round of golf, at least in the Silicon Valley. As reported by New York Times, ‘auto-racing has become a favourite hobby for the tech elites’. However, getting together on a race track would require a machine that provides control while testing extreme limits. Enter the Mercedes-AMG range of cars.
Mercedes-AMG’s rise from a racing outfit to a manufacturer of peak performance cars is dotted with innovations that have pushed the boundaries of engineering. While the AMG series promises a smooth driving experience, its core is made up of a passion for motorsports and a spirit that can be summarized in two words – power and performance. These integral traits draw like-minded people who share and express Mercedes-AMG’s style of performance.
The cars we drive say a lot about us, it’s been said. There are several qualities of an AMG performance luxury sedan that overlap with the qualities of its distinguished owner. For instance, creating an impression comes naturally to both, so does the ambition to always deliver an exceptional performance. However, the strongest feature is that both the owner and the AMG marque continually challenge themselves in pursuit of new goals, stretching the limits of performance.
This winning quality comes alive, especially, in the latest Mercedes-AMG marque – the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+. With the most powerful engine to have ever been installed in an E-class, this undisputed performance sedan promises immense power at the driver’s command. With 612 HP under its hood, the car achieves 0-100 km/h in just a few seconds - 3.4 to be precise. Moreover, the car comes with the latest driver-assistance technology that promises intelligent control and provides an agile and responsive ride.
But, the new AMG is not just about work (or traction in car lingo). One of its core features is to provide its owners a challenge on the race track. Its drift mode, which converts the vehicle into a pure rear-wheel drive, offers pure exhilaration and adds a work-play dynamic to the car. In that sense, the new AMG is a collaborator of sorts - one that partners with its owner to create an impression through performance. And on the weekends, the car pushes him/her to express absolute power using its race mode with a thunderous roar of the engine - the pure sound of adrenalin. This balance between work and play has been achieved using cutting-edge features in the car that together create an almost intuitive driver-machine relationship.
If you’re looking for a car that shares your enthusiasm for driving, you’ll find a partner in the new AMG. However, buying an AMG is not just about owning a powerhouse on wheels, it’s also about adopting a driving philosophy in which power is just the starting point - the main skill lies in how you manoeuvre that power on the road. A performance sedan in its sportiest form, Mercedes-AMG’s latest model takes vehicle performance to an unmatched level. A decade ago, this amount of speed and power in a luxury 4-door model would be un-thinkable.
The new Mercedes-AMG comes with a host of individualisation options through designo, the artistic side of Mercedes’s innovation, so the car becomes an extension of the owner’s distinctive personality. An expressive design with a new radiator grille and a muscular front apron showcase its athleticism. A new-age driver environment, widescreen cockpit, the AMG performance steering wheel and sports seat delivers an intensive driving experience. With the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+, AMG has created an undisputed performance sedan that can rip the race track as well as provide reliable luxury sedan-duty. To know more about the most powerful E-class of all time, see here.
This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Mercedes-Benz and not by the Scroll editorial team.