TERRY GILLIAM opens the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF 2013!

The BIEFF 2013 OPENING EVENT screens the Romanian premiere of the latest feature signed by the master of experimental film TERRY GILLIAM, THE ZERO THEOREM. The screening will take place in the presence of the director at CinemaPRO, on Wednesday, 11th of December, and it will be preceded by a Masterclass held by him at Cinema Studio. The director’s presence at BIEFF and the screening of THE ZERO THEOREM are possible thanks to the generous support offered by British Council, JTI and MediaPro Distribution.



World premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2013, the retro-futuristic science fiction film THE ZERO THEOREM, filmed last year in Bucharest, is a biting satire of our commercialized and computer-ridden contemporary world, painted in Orwellian tones. Echoing his earlier BRAZIL, the movie is drawn in a familiar GILLIAM-esque manner, with its odd-ball humour and eccentricity, its array of circus-like characters and contrasts of low-tech futurism and decaying classical decors. In a world of technological clutter and noise, in which outdoor advertisements – some promoting the church of Batman the Redeemer – follow you on the street, and one is never left a moment to himself, Qohen, a socially maladjusted cubicle zombie and eccentric computer genius, struggles with his faith in his own destiny. Plagued by existential angst, he waits for a call that is supposed to give his life meaning, while he works on the Zero Theorem, a mysterious project aimed at proving that the entire existence, the whole universe, himself included, has no purpose.


The renowned magazine Screen Daily writes: “Franz Kafka is alive and well, striving in the 21st century and making films under the name of TERRY GILLIAM. His inimitable visual style is once again at work, dressing Pat Rushin’s script to look like a surrealistic combination of old and new, real and imaginary, futuristic and outdated at the same time.” (Dan F─âinaru)



GILLIAM ventures and asks some of life’s major questions – does human existence have any meaning, how to address the contemporary crisis of spirituality, how can we ever preserve our privacy in a world of connectivity, are we able to really live in the moment, or are we engulfed by the virtual world – and then takes a step back, letting Qohen and, implicitly, the viewer take a deep thorough look at themselves. And, as with any deep soul-search, the end is bound to unveil a surprising answer.


The director comments:  “THE ZERO THEOREM is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now. (...) We’ve tried to make a film (...) about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, full of quirky characters and sparkling performances; raising questions without offering obvious answers.” (TERRY GILLIAM)


“I’m obsessed with this challenge of being alone. How do you know who you are now, when nobody lives in the moment? They are all commenting about the moment – tweeting, on Facebook. We’re here, having dinner, and here’s a picture of the dinner, look at this! Rather than being there, enjoying the meal and talking to the people who are there. It might sound schizophrenic, but I feel there is a scattering of our lives.” (TERRY GILLIAM, interview with Mike Fleming Jr.)



TERRY GILLIAM is one of the most audacious and controversial contemporary filmmakers, always daring to experiment and challenge conventions. Internationally acclaimed for movies such as BRAZIL (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1986 Academy Awards), THE FISHER KING (winner of a Silver Lion at the 1991 Venice IFF) or FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (nominated for Palm d'Or in 1998), his films are often dark existential comedies that end with a tragicomic twist.


The 4th edition of BIEFF will take place between December 11th and 15th, at Cinema Studio and Cinema Elvira Popescu, and is organized with the support of the National Cinema Centre, the National University of Theatre and Film, the National University of Arts, Le Fresnoy – Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, UCIN, British Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Rule of Law Program South-East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the French Institute in Bucharest, Goethe-Institut, Embassy of Finland, JTI, Dacia, Jameson, Noumax, 360 Revolution, Hotel Marshal, La Mama, Lente Cafe, Club Control, Club Eden, Barfly, Rehab Bar, Bastilia Bookshop, Smart Change, Alte Arte.


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