AM I DON QUIXOTE? is the story of one man’s struggle with the loss of everything he holds dear: his wife, his son, and the glory of his career. Set in the improbable and haunting world of European circus tents, AM I DON QUIXOTE? is a narrative tapestry of lush verité footage, 8mm home movies, improvisational sequences, and cinematic stylization that weave Carlos’ modern-day struggle with the classic Cervantes tale.
Out of his despair, Carlos seizes one last opportunity for redemption… he embarks on a fantastical quest to return to the circus as the fabled knight Don Quixote. Uncannily mirroring the quest of the fictional Quixote, Carlos sets upon his own journey to maintain his identity, his values and his place in the dying world of the one-ring circus.
Just as the lines between what is real and what is not became blurred for Cervantes’ Quixote, so too do they become increasingly blurred for Carlos. The more he buries himself in his new role, the greater his struggle to distinguish that which is real from that which is not.
Like the circus and Cervantes’ classic tale, AM I DON QUIXOTE? aspires to make the stuff of this world illusion, and to make the illusory the stuff of this world. It explores the dichotomy of the real and unreal, the fantastical and the ordinary. It seeks that transient ecstasy of momentary illusion that is Circus, that is Quixote, that is life.
A FILM BY
Jimmy Ferguson & Milo Daemgen
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
The Greenhouse Collective &
The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective