Terry GilliamUK132 minutes1985ColourEnglish
Terry Gilliam's darkly funny vision of a dystopian future has been celebrated as one of the finest science-fictions films and most cutting political satires of all time.
Terry Gilliam, the mad animation genius of Monty Python, made his most ambitious film with this darkly funny vision of a dystopian future. Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is a meek clerk in a collapsing, retro-fitted and stiflingly bureaucratic Orwellian state who is only free in his dreams, where he becomes a winged warrior saving a maiden in distress. When he attempts to correct an administrative error that resulted in the arrest and execution of an innocent man, he gets drawn into an underground resistance movement involving a rebel repairman (Robert De Niro) and a young woman (Kim Greist) who is the very image of his dream girl. Hilarious and horrifying in equal measure, Brazil is one of modern cinema's most unbridled flights of imagination.
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe from Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he has appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing Theatrical, Cinematheque, Film Circuit and Exhibition programming. Wente has curated retrospectives on Indigenous Cinema, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and Keanu Reeves. He has appeared in movies such as Reel Injun and Nightmare Factory. Currently a board member on the Toronto Arts Council, Wente has also served on the boards of the imagineNATIVE Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts.