Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem is currently in post-production and our first solid glimpse at sci-fi black comedy has finally arrived.
Poor video quality sucks, but it is pretty eye-opening and gives a good measure of flavor without revealing too much of the plot.
Starring Christoph Waltz as a computer hacker Qohen Leth, the latest Gilliam effort may surface during the fall festival season, but it is still without a domestic distributor.
A top-noch names such as David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and Tilda Swinton can certainly help draw more attention to the film.
However, after 18 long years (12 Monkeys), the visionary director will blowing our minds with a new genre outing.
Check out a sales trailer below, which uses a lounge rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ along with twelve minutes worth of footage, which can be seen on this page.
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Here’s the synopsis:
The Zero Theorem is set in a world that seems right in Gilliam’s wheelhouse. Living in an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Leth (Waltz) works on a solution to the strange theorem while living as a virtual cloistered monk in his home-the shattered interior of a fire-damaged chapel. His isolation and work are interrupted now and then by surprise visits from Bainsley, a flamboyantly lusty love interest who tempts him with “tantric biotelemetric interfacing” (virtual sex) and Bob. Latter is the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management who, with a combination of insult-comedy and an evolving true friendship, spurs on Qohen’s efforts at solving the theorem. But these visits turn out to be intentional diversions orchestrated by Management to keep control of Qohen’s progress. Bob creates a virtual reality “inner-space” suit that will carry Qohen on an inward voyage, a close encounter with the hidden dimensions and truth of his own soul, wherein lie the answers both he and Management are seeking. The suit and supporting computer technology will perform an inventory of Qohen’s soul, either proving or disproving the Zero Theorem.