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New poster, images, and director's statement for Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem

08.21.2013

Director Terry Gilliam's THE ZERO THEOREM is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival in a few weeks and today we have our first look at the poster for the film, as well as a few images and a lengtly director's statement on the film. The images and poster are perfectly consistent with Gilliam's odd, yet distinct look, while the statement is an optimistic and encouraging (and spoiler free) summary of the experience making the film, as well as the intentions for doing so. Ultimately, it sounds like Gilliam has made something really cool and original, which isn't something that should be too surprising.

Here's the poster:

Here's the images:

And, here's the 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 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.

THE ZERO THEOREM, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry, Ben Whishaw, and Tilda Swinton premieres at The Venice Film Festival later this month. A wide release date has yet to be set.

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Gilliam film? 12 Monkeys may seem like the common choice, but it's also one of his finest, which is where I fall. You?
Source: The Film Stage

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