Terry Gilliam to present The Zero Theorem as the festival’s second opening night film.

Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), is to close with Ben Stiller’s new comedy drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

It has also been announced today that director Terry Gilliam and cinematographer Nicola Pecorini will present their sci-fi drama The Zero Theorem as the second opening film (following Saving Mr. Banks), which will be part of the opening gala of the festival’s 21st edition on Nov 16th at the Opera Nova.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty isdirected by Stiller with cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Piano, Analyze This). Stiller also stars in the film alongside Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig,Sean Penn and Adam Scott.

The film follows a day-dreamer who escapes his unxceptional life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.

Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, with cinemetography by Pecorini, stars Christopher Waltz, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Mélanie Thierry and David Thewlis.

The film tells the story of Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Qohen works to solve the Zero Theorem – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.

Gilliam was the recipient of the Camermage Special Award to the Director with Unique Visual Sensitivity in 2009, when he and Pecorini presented The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.