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Christoph Waltz looks for the meaning of life in Terry Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem' trailer

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For the second time, Monty Python member Terry Gilliam is working on a movie about the meaning of life. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as angst-ridden and essentially hairless computer genius Qohen, working on the titular zero theorem. That theorem is centered on an equation that is supposed to prove existence is entirely meaningless, but as Qohen meets "the girl with pink hair" — played by Mélanie Thierry — he starts to understand both the "power of love and desire," and his own reason for existence.

As in Gilliam's cult sci-fi movies Brazil and 12 Monkeys, The Zero Theorem looks set to use the director's trademark color palette and unconventional design to paint its otherworldly future. The director told The Playlist it was "a reaction to the connected world," designed to question whether we can disconnect from others in our lives. "Can solitude be more interesting?" Gilliam said. The movie's already screened at film festivals, but doesn't yet have a distribution deal or release date in the US.