Venice Film Festival: Philomena impresses, Gilliam goes into black hole
VENICE (REUTERS) - Judi Dench and Steve Coogan's heart-tugging Philomena continued to garner praise at the Venice Film Festival, while director Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem took viewers into a dystopian world in the latest competition offering on Monday.
Gilliam's film, which his legions of fans hope will mark a return to form for the maker of the cult classics Twelve Monkeys and Brazil, stars Christoph Walz as a reclusive number cruncher whose computer rig resembles a video game.
Haunted by visions of a black hole, he has no friends, talks about himself in the first person plural and works for a "management" that wants to prove that everything equals nothing.
It elicited a few boos at the first festival showing but young Italian film bloggers said it captured the way people communicate and interact in the Internet age.