John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) arrives in the valley a cipher; a distraught scientist nearly driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. He and Ann share little in common beyond survival. Even so, as Ann nurses Loomis back to health, they build a fragile, imperative strand of trust across the gulf between them - finding solace amidst the eerie reality of their new lives. With all the time in the world, they even dare to imagine forging a future - for themselves, for humanity. But when a stranger (Chris Pine) enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel. Now, all three must grapple with an unstable situation - one of secrets, suspicions and mortal threats.
Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) takes this arresting concept and puts a microscope on the trio at its center - raising provocative questions about human relationships, human aspiration and all the things inside us, both beautiful and terrifying, that endure when everything else ends. With a three-person cast and shot in remote New Zealand, the film re-envisions the bleak, dense, technological end-of-the world epic as a lush, lyrical, emotional portrait of three people stripped down to their most fundamental wonders and darkest flaws.
Z FOR ZACHARIAH is inspired by the novel of the same name by Robert C. O'Brien, published posthumously in 1974, and was created by Pall Grimsson and adapted for the screen by Nissar Modi (Breaking At The Edge). The producers are Sophia Lin, Tobey Maguire, Skuli Malmquist, Matthew Plouffe, Sigurjon Siighvatsson and Thor Sigurjonsson. The executive producers are Steve Bannatyne, Claudia Bluemhuber, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and Robbie J. Williams. Zobel's behind-the-scenes team includes cinematographer Tim Orr (Manglehorn, Joe), production designer Matthew Munn ("Girls,"Compliance), costume designer Bob Buck (The Hobbit series), editor Jane Rizzo (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Compliance) and composer Heather McIntosh (Compliance.)