Filmfest 2018

German Age Rating

The savage and the banal are not far apart in this film, and that makes it all so grotesque as to be funny. A mousy clerk discovers how a typing error leads an innocent man to be accused of a rebellion and tortured to death. His own rebellious spirit is then awakened. Terry Gilliam has created a garish collage, a jarring dystopia in a world of analogue equipment: the future as a horrifying painting, not as a speculative document.

Brazil - Motion Picture © 1984 Embassy International Pictures, N.V. © 2002 Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.

tags: Humor, Feature film, Surreal

Cast: Katherine Helmond, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm


Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown

Director of Photography: Roger Pratt

Film Editor: Julian Doyle

Composer: Michael Kamen

Production Designer: Norman Garwood

Costume Design: James Acheson

Sound: Bob Doyle

Producer: Arnon Milchan

Production Company: Embassy International Pictures

World Sales: Park Circus Group

Director: Terry Gilliam


Terrence Vance Gilliam was born in Minneapolis in 1940. After studying political science at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he achieved fame as co-founder of the comedic troupe Monty Python, for which he made bizarre animated sketches. Since 1973, he has been married to make-up artist Margaret Weston. His first live-action film was MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975), which he co-directed with Terry Jones, followed by JABBERWOCKY (1977) and TIME BANDITS (1981). His BRAZIL (1985) was a kaleidoscopic dystopia; TWELVE MONKEYS (1995) and THE ZERO THEOREM (2013), which were shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, gave an even bleaker impression of the future. Gilliam is one of the world's best-known experts in anti-realistic cinema. He has adopted British citizenship.