USA | 2014 | 107 mins | English
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
One Screening Only
Date: Monday September 22, 2014
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 19 as this will be a licensed event)
Film contains sequences of mild sexual references, coarse language, Nudity in a non-sexual context, partial or full nudity in a brief sexual situation, mild sexual innuendo, tobacco use.
Certifications: Canada (Ontario): 14A / Brazil:14 / Canada (British Columbia):PG / Ireland:15A / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:15 / Switzerland:12 / UK:15 / USA:R
Director: Terry Gilliam
Screenplay: Pat Rushin
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges and Matt Damon
Producer(s): Nicolas Chartier and Dean Zanuck
Company: Mongrel Media
Screens with short film: NEVER STOP CYCLING
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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.
- Nominated for BEST FILM, Austin Fantastic Fest 2013
- Won Future Film Festival Digital Award, Venice Film Festival
- Nominated Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
“full of Gilliam’s stylistic hallmarks – layered realities, overbearing technology, institutional paranoia and of course, quirky romance – it feels like a personal journey into his beliefs, as it stares into the divide between reason and faith. ” – TheWrap
“Explodes on screen in a blaze of imagination with its thought-provoking concepts, perverse humour and uniquely zany visuals… It may not always make sense, but one thing is for sure – it’s one hell of a ride” – Urban Cinefile
“As narratively alienating as Gilliam’s most abstract efforts, and a fitting companion to recent someday-satires Cosmopolis and Holy Motors. ” – Quickflix
Where to start with Terry Gilliam. He is one of the directors who comes up some of the most complex interesting ways to tell simple stories. Visually his work is unlike any others and THE ZERO THEOREM continues this trend. It is about the search for meaning, whether it is worth it and whether there actually is one.
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a reclusive computer genius who works from his home all the while waiting for a call that will bring him happiness. The waiting is disrupted when Management (Matt Damon) instructs him to prove the Zero Theorem, simply that everything means nothing. While this might be a movie about nothing there is definitely a lot going on. Visually the movie rivals the rest of Gilliam’s work for color and design. The world itself is a character from the bizarre costumes to the gorgeous set design.
I am trying to not go to deep into any of the characters, story or the implications of what Gilliam has to say in this short piece. THE ZERO THEOREM is one of those movies which simply must be experienced. The one thing I will say is that while it appears to be a bizarre comedy it is much more of a tragedy but it is one that will leave you thinking and hopefully reconsidering what you feel the meaning of life truly is. – John Allison