Acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali uses the production of Terry Gilliam’s Tideland as a framework to create a compelling portrait of the director as artist, provocateur, inventor and comedian.
Dreamland explores Gilliam’s methodology as a director, incorporating animation, clips from his previous films and extensive interviews. During the production of Tideland, Gilliam provided Natali with a completely open and uncensored view of his daily life on and off the set. This in-depth exploration of Gilliam’s process is a unique chance to understand the incredible creative mind of one of film’s greatest auteurs. —Capri Films
Natali was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a nursery school teacher/painter mother and a photographer father. He is of Italian and English descent. He moved to Toronto, along with his family, at the age of one. He attended the film programme at Ryerson University. He was eventually hired as a storyboard artist at the Nelvana Animation Studios.
Natali’s directing debut came in 1997, when he was approached to direct Cube (1997). The film became a success worldwide, especially in Japan and France, grossing $15 million in France and breaking box office records for a Canadian film. At the 19th Genie Awards, the film received five nominations and also won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. After this success, Natali went on to direct Cypher (2002) and Nothing (2003).
Following the June 2010 release of Splice (2009), Natali’s next efforts are expected to be an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise and a 3D remake of the Wes Craven… read more