Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #68. Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem Terry Gilliam

The Zero Theorem

Director: Terry Gilliam
Writer(s): Pat Rushin
Producer(s): Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier, Dean Zanuck
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and Mélanie Thierry

A filmmaker whose filmography is worthy of a full semester in any film theory seminar, Terry Gilliam has no limitations in his creativity so it’ll be of interest to see how he works still in the sci-fi realm but on a much smaller production in scope. His twelfth feature film reunites him with Matt Damon, but it’ll be Christoph Waltz’s time to shine.

Gist: Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management” (Matt Damon), Qohen works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.

Release Date: Currently in post-production, principal photography in October, it appears that some territories are planning for a December release. With such a cast in place, I could see a huge film festival showing either Cannes, Venice and or TIFF.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)