An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof -once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being.
The first trailer for Terry Gilliam’s upcoming sci-fi comedy/drama The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon has been released online. The film is wholly from the mind of Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys), a founding member of the Monty Python comedy group and it is as one would expect — mind expanding. Featuring a script by Pat Rushin, the film is telling the nutty story of Qohen Leth (Waltz), who is tasked with solving the Zero Theorem, an equation that proves that existence is meaningless. Waltz and Thewlis provide reliably good performances and there is also a neat comic turn from Swinton as Qohen’s shrink. It’s currently awaiting a U.S. release date. Hit the jump to check out Gilliam’s view of today’s society, plugged in yet spaced out and separated by the means created to enable greater communication The Zero Theorem official synopsis: