THE ZERO THEOREM (107', UK / Romania / France, 2013)

Screening: We, 11 Dec., CinemaPRO, 7:00pm


“Unmistakably a film by TERRY GILLIAM, whose humorously futuristic visuals expressively mock the commercialized, big business, computer-ridden life of today.” (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)

 

“Franz Kafka is alive and well, striving in the 21st century and making films under the name of TERRY GILLIAM. His inimitable visual style is once again at work, dressing Pat Rushin’s script to look like a surrealistic combination of old and new, real and imaginary, futuristic and outdated at the same time.” (Dan Făinaru, Screen Daily)

 

Filmed last year in Bucharest and world premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, the retro-futuristic science fiction film THE ZERO THEOREM is a biting satire of our commercialized and computer-ridden contemporary world, painted in Orwellian tones. Echoing his earlier BRAZIL, the movie is drawn in a familiar GILLIAM-esque manner, with its odd-ball humour and eccentricity, its array of circus-like characters and contrasts of low-tech futurism and decaying classical decors. In a world of technological clutter and noise, in which outdoor advertisements  some promoting the church of Batman the Redeemer – follow you on the street, and one is never left a moment to himself, Qohen, a socially maladjusted cubicle zombie and eccentric computer genius, struggles with his faith in his own destiny. Plagued by existential angst, he waits for a call that is supposed to give his life meaning, while he works on the Zero Theorem, a mysterious project aimed at proving that the entire existence, the whole universe, himself included, has no purpose. GILLIAM ventures and asks some of life’s major questions - does human existence have any meaning, how to address the contemporary crisis of spirituality, how can we ever preserve our privacy in a world of connectivity, are we able to really live in the moment, or are we engulfed by the virtual world  and then takes a step back, letting Qohen and, implicitly, the viewer take a deep thorough look at themselves. And, as with any deep soul-search, the end is bound to unveil a surprising answer.

Director: TERRY GILLIAM

With the support of:

   

 

Cast: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton

Screenplay: Pat Rushin

Cinematography: Nicola Pecorini

Art Direction: David Warren

Editing: Mick Audsley

Music: George Fenton

Producer: Nicolas Chartier, Dean Zanuck, Christoph Waltz, Chris Curling, Phil Robertson, Amy Gilliam, Andreea Stănculescu

Production: Zanuck Independent in association with Zephyr Films, MediaPro Pictures, Le Pacte and Wild Side Films


Premiere: ROMANIAN PREMIERE


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TERRY GILLIAM is one of the most audacious and controversial contemporary filmmakers, always daring to experiment and challenge conventions. His films are usually highly imaginative fantasies that explore the themes of identity, sanity, imagination and how it shapes who you are. His characters are usually struggling against a greater power, be it external, or their inner demons. The atmosphere of his films is usually dark, surrealistic and describes a world out of balance. Internationally acclaimed for movies such as BRAZIL (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1986 Academy Awards), THE FISHER KING (winner of a Silver Lion at the 1991 Venice IFF) or FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (nominated for Palm d'Or in 1998), his films are often dark comedies that end with a tragicomic twist.

 

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Selective awards and recognition

2011: Best Short Film Award – European Film Awards (THE WHOLLY FAMILY)

2008: Lifetime Achievement Award – Dubai International Film Festival

2007: Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award – Art Directors Guild

2005: Leopard of Honor Award – Locarno International Film Festival

2005: FIPRESCI Prize – San Sebastián International Film Festival (TIDELAND)

1991: Silver Lion, Little Golden Lion – Venice International Film Festival

           People’s Choice Award – Toronto International Film Festival for the feature (THE FISHER KING)

1985: Best Director, Best Screenplay Award – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (BRAZIL)

1970: BAFTA Special Award (MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS)


Venice International Film Festival 2013

BFI London Film Festival 2013

San Sebastian Film Festival 2013

Rio Film Festival 2013

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

“When I made BRAZIL in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. THE ZERO THEOREM is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now. Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many existential ideas he had incorporated into his funny, philosophic, and touching tale. For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever find solitude in an increasingly connected, constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?

 

We’ve tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, full of quirky characters and sparkling performances; raising questions without offering obvious answers.” (TERRY GILLIAM)

 

“I’m obsessed with this challenge of being alone. How do you know who you are now, when nobody lives in the moment? They are all commenting about the moment – tweeting, on Facebook. We’re here, having dinner, and here’s a picture of the dinner, look at this! Rather than being there, enjoying the meal and talking to the people who are there. It might sound schizophrenic, but I feel there is a scattering of our lives.” (TERRY GILLIAM, interview with Mike Fleming Jr.)


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OFFICIAL WEBSITE / FACEBOOK PAGE / MUBI / IMDB


REVIEWS: THE WRAP / SCREENDAILY / INDIEWIRE / THE VERGE / WEGOTTHISCOVERED / LITTLE WHITE LIES


INTERVIEWS: COMINGSOON.NET


ARTICLES: HOW TERRY GILLIAM FELL IN LOVE WITH BUCHAREST / ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY / TIME