SFX 240 PREVIEW Terry Gilliam Compares Zero Theorem To Brazil

Director Terry Gilliam will be back in cinemas next year with Zero Theorem, written by first time screenwriter Pat Rushin and loosely based on his story The Call

Terry Gilliam directs the cast of Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam directs the cast of Zero Theorem

Quohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) lives in a world not dissimilar to Sam Lowry’s (Jonathan Pryce) in Gilliam’s classic Brazil; he’s a reclusive genius who works in an Orwellian corporate hierarchy and Gilliam admits a resonance with his earlier work. “I think Zero Theorem is vaguely related to Brazil in that it tries to deal with the madness of the world in 2013. Through the internet and smartphones we are overwhelmed with connectivity and information… most of it irrelevant but nevertheless invasive and crushing. How many of us can actually be alone anymore?”

Zero Theorem was made on a budget smaller than anything I had worked on since Time Bandits,” he tells us, although it seems that working on a smaller scale is good for Quohen Leth’s personal story. “There is a claustrophobia in the film that is battered away by the entry of a very few characters. It’s how a man rediscovers his humanity.”

Part of the Zero Theorem news feature from SFX 240

Part of the Zero Theorem news feature from SFX 240

The film, described by Gilliam as “dark, moody, humorous, but also intensely colourful, romantic and emotional,” has just screened at the Venice Film Festival, and is set for 2014 release, although it will also be screening at the BFI London Film festival next month.

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Read more about Zero Theorem in the new issue of SFX, on sale Wednesday 18 September, in print and in digital. Why not subscribe to make sure you never miss an issue?