According to Pablo Kjolseth, executive director of the International Film Series, the choice of which Gilliam films to show was dictated by both the quality of the films and a set of peculiar circumstances. "I've already done Brazil not too long ago, so I figured I'd do Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas because of the Colorado connection with Hunter S. Thompson," Kjolseth says.
As a prelude to Fear and Loathing, the plan is to show a short clip from the Hunter S. Thompson doc Breakfast with Hunter, depicting the meeting of Alex Cox and his wife,Tod Davies, with the legendary gonzo journalist. Then Cox will appear in person to introduce Fear and Loathing and share some thoughts on his involvement with the film.
"Alex Cox was originally supposed to direct it, and his wife Tod was the one who wrote the [original] script," Kjolseth explains. "Since Alex is here, I asked if he would come and introduce it. He has a lot of stories, some of them not too flattering."
Just as Kjolseth was finalizing plans to screen Fear and Loathing to warm things up for Gilliam's latest, tragedy struck -- all but demanding the addition of another title.
"The day before I went to press with the schedule, Robin Williams passed away," Kjolseth recalls. "I made a last-minute change and dropped in The Fisher King. I think The Fisher King is one of Robin Williams's best performances. That's the reasoning behind that Gilliam trifecta."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11 in the VAC Basement Auditorium. The Fisher King screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 12 in the Muenzinger Auditorium. See the brand-new The Zero Theorem at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 19 in the Muenzinger Auditorium. Tickets are $8, or $7 for University of Colorado Boulder students and seniors. For more information, visit the International Film Series website.