First Poster and Director’s Statement for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM

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The first poster for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has arrived, along with a statement from the director.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management (Matt Damon in a minor role), a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  In addition to the poster, Gilliam has also released a “director’s statement” about the film, which is essentially a spoiler-free synopsis written by the filmmaker in which he promises “no zombies, no caped crusaders or alien spacecraft.”

Hit the jump to check out the poster and director’s statement.  The film also stars David Thewlis, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, and Peter StormareThe Zero Theorem will debut at the Venice Film Festival this fall and will hit theaters sometime in 2014.

Via The Film Stage.


Here’s the director’s statement for The Zero Theorem:

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 pertinent questions raised in 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, smart 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; peopled with captivating characters, mouthfuls of wise and witty dialogue; raising questions without offering easy answers.  Hopefully, it’s unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders, no aliens or gigantic explosions.  Actually, I might have lied about that last item.

Having not worked with a budget this small for several decades, I was forced to work fast and instinctively, pressured only by the lack of time and money.  We relied on the freedom to spin on a dime, to make outrageous creative leaps. The results surprised even me.  I’m proud to have been part of The Zero Theorem.


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  • mitng

    True Auteur!!

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  • Matt

    Am I the only film nerd who didn’t really think Brazil is all it is chalked up to be? I love the ideas for this film and always enjoy Waltz, but the Brazil link worries me. Perhaps its just that the 80s don’t translate as well today.

    • lordjim

      brazil is not only a masterpiece (surprised by your comment i hope you saw the version with the right ending by the way) but probably terry gilliams greatest achievement.

  • Stiggs

    Gilliam’s films are very polarizing. I love some of them and simply detest others.

  • Denty One

    I was with Terry Gilliam all the way up to Tideland. That pretty much made me hate him.

    • Nerdgasm

      Lol. Really? One movie makes you hate an artist? Lol…wow. You must have had no life and been way to invested in a MOVIE to feel so betrayed.

      • Denty One

        Lol. Really? One comment was enough for you to be able to completely assess my life? Lol…wow.

        Yeah, Tideland was more than just a bad film, it was offensively bad. Like the kind of bad that makes me wonder if Gilliam has completely lost all traces of the talent he once had. So, yes… one film was enough. One of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune of seeing.

  • ritchie

    i like terry gilliam but i always thougth he was a pompous douchebag like were are you coming from its not like the brothers grim is a better film than world war z because its not dont get me wrong there both horrible but if i have to choose i choose world war z good director tho zero theorem looks good

  • ritchie

    to me terry gilliam greatest achievement was always Monty Python and The Holy Grail Time Bandits was good but damn it has problems especially with the ending.

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