Fantastic future for Gilliam


AMSTERDAM -- Director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam will be honored with a career achievement award at the 23rd edition of the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

The festival, which opens with Guillermo del Toro's three-time Oscar winner "Pan's Labyrinth," runs April 18-25.

With the career nod, AFFF pays tribute to a director who "never allows his fantasy to be limited in any way." The festival also will screen a selection of Gilliam's major films. His credits include "Brazil," "The Fisher King," "Twelve Monkeys," "Time Bandits" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Previous recipients of the award include: Wes Craven (2000), Dario Argento (2001), Paul Verhoeven (2002), Lloyd Kaufman (2003), Ray Harryhausen (2004), Paul Naschy (2005) and Roger Corman (2006).