by Rob Boylan
After a long stay in the wilderness of bombs and broken dreams, The Zero Theorem could be Terry Gilliam's triumphant return to the positive side of the creative ledger.
Going only by the trailer alone, as it hasn't been screened for us yet, The Zero Theorem could be the next Brazil. Or it could just be an amazing trailer.
Either way, this is a great chance to see the film early and meet one of the filmmakers at the same time.
Slightly sad to say that it's not Terry Gilliam himself, but Pat Rushin. Rushin is an English professor at UCF as well as the film's screenwriter, and he'll be on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.
Directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), THE ZERO THEOREM stars two-time Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being. Join us for this very special advance screening and “Meet-the-Filmmaker” event featuring the film’s screenwriter/UCF English Professor Pat Rushin, who will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
As far as I can tell, The Zero Theorem doesn't yet have a US release date, so jump on this chance.
The screening is Saturday, April 26 at noon. Tickets are $10, $7.50 for members.