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New Science Fiction & Fantasy 2023 BRITISH FANTASY AWARD WINNER


17th Jul, 2014

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From visionary director Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious 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 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, it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that Qohen is able to understand his own reason for being.

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Tony Lee will be giving his opinion of this DVD/BD release in his Laser Fodder column in the next issue of Interzone, but here's a brief extract from Nick Lowe's review of the cinema release (Mutant Popcorn, issue 252):

"There are at least five contenders for the barmiest film of the season, but even Aronofsky and Bong stand little chance against the return of the master himself in Terry Gilliam’s full-on-batfaeces The Zero Theorem. […] Though the cheapest film Gilliam has made (even cheaper than Tideland), its first half-hour is among the most ambitious stuff Gilliam’s ever shot, crawling with physical and digital scatter gags that at one point you can see Rushin continuing to scribble down as throwaways, still writing the film even as it’s filming him writing it. […] It’s clearly the film Gilliam wanted to make, a companion piece more to Tideland than to Brazil, which it otherwise more closely echoes in themes, look, plot, and (not least) ending; and if it continues the raggedness of Gilliam’s recent work, it still makes eight million look like eighty, doesn’t stint on the ducts, and has the killer mission statement 'You’re trying to prove that the universe is all for nothing.' Perhaps, as the Marvel macrocosm swallows the sun, that’s a message we need to hear."

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Courtesy of Sony we have three Blu-rays to give away to Interzone readers. To be entered into the draw place your answer to the following question in the Comments section below. Do not forget to include your postal address! The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on the 21st July. Winners will be notified by email.

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