The first wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2013 was good. The second wave looked great. And now the third one proves why this little film festival in Austin is truly one of the best in the country.
Escape From Tomorrow (above), The Zero Theorem, Metallica Through The Never, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Gatchaman and Jodorowsky’s Dune are just a few of the new films announced for the festival, which takes place September 19 – 26 at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas.
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Terry Gilliam‘s new film The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as a nervous, put-upon data processing agent who is looking for a mathematical explanation of existence. He’s also waiting for the most important phone call of his life, and fending off distraction from an attractive woman sent to him by the Management.
If you think that all sounds like quintessential Terry Gilliam you’re very likely correct. The first trailer and footage shown at Comic Con make the film out to be connected — spiritually, at least — to Gilliam’s film Brazil. And with every photo released (such as the one above) we get new glimpses of the director’s odd and rather pessimistic vision of the future… or the present.
Now we’ve got the first poster for the film, which you can see below. There’s also a statement from Gilliam about his intentions. Finally, and even better, you can watch the video introduction the director recorded for Comic Con. It’s a great video intro from the director in which his personality really shines through. (And in which he insists and confirms, comically, that Matt Damon is in the movie.) Read More »
Matt Damon did a movie with Terry Gilliam once, and sadly, it… was not very good. At all. But despite all the evident problems with The Brothers Grimm, there is no bad blood between actor and director. In fact, Damon is now set to go back to work with Gilliam. And even if it’s just for a couple days, for a small role in Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem, it’s a pretty great thing.
The film stars Christoph Waltz as a computer scientist waiting for a phone call as he is preoccupied with puzzling out a theorem to determine the reason for human existence. It also features Tilda Swinton and Melanie Thierry, and today Gilliam announced via Facebook that Peter Stormare and Sanjeev Bhaskar also have roles. But until we have more idea of what they’ll be doing, let’s get to the comments from Damon about his gig.
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After many delays trying to (re)make the film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, financing for that project fell through and it seemed that Terry Gilliam was without a next feature project. So we were surprised not long ago when he announced that his next film, The Zero Theorem, is in pre-production and ready to shoot within weeks. Christoph Waltz is set to star as a man named Qohen, who works under the thumb of an organization referred to as Management, and who is trying to find the reason for human existence.
Sounds very Gilliam, and rather dark and heavy. But the director says it isn’t quite as overbearing as all that, and explains “it’s very funny. That synopsis sounds much darker and broodier than it is.” Gilliam compares the film to 12 Monkeys which, sure, is relatively light for Gilliam, but not exactly easy going on the whole.
His comments on the script — in development back in 2009 and thought scrapped since then — aren’t limited to that, however. After the break, get the lowdown on how The Zero Theorem is almost a one-room show, and what else it has to offer. Read More »
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It might have been as fat back as 2009 when we last heard about The Zero Theorem, a sort of sci-fi exploration into the existence, or lack thereof, of meaning in life. Written by Pat Rushin, the script was once in development by Terry Gilliam, but it seemed like he had scrapped it quite a while ago.
Just because Gilliam pushes pause on something doesn’t mean it is gone, however, and now The Zero Theorem is back, and with Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) replacing the once-attached Billy Bob Thornton as the man set to play Qohen Leth, “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius.” Read More »