A new behind-the-scenes featurette for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem has been released. Check it out below.
Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a man who is an eccentric computer genius bent on discovering the purpose of existence, or lack thereof, through a mysterious project. Gilliam recently told Empire that the film has parallels with his 1985 film, Brazil, saying, “It’s not really sci-fi. It’s like Brazil, which also isn’t really sci-fi.” The featurette gives us some more footage from the film, along with Gilliam and co talking about some of the production design aspects, particularly that in this film, computers have grown bigger not smaller!!
The script by Pat Rushin takes place in “an Orwellian corporate world where ‘mancams’ serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Mangaement.” Waltz’s character is distracted by a love interest pestering him with “virtual sex” propositions and the rebellious teenage son of Management. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Management is none too happy about Leth’s mysterious project.
The film also stars Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and David Thewlis.
The Zero Theorem is released in UK cinemas on 14th March 2014.
Gilliam released a statement explaining his new film:
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.