A POLIT THRILLER BY DIRECTOR MARCUS VETTER

WORLD PREMIERE on 28.10.2019

as opening film at the 62nd International Documentary Film Festival in Leipzig

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE on 24.11.2019

at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

 

 

Theatrical release in Germany: November 6, 2019

For the first time in the 50-year history of the World Economic Forum, an independent film crew was able to shoot behind the closed doors in Davos to document how the world's most powerful people wrestle for the future.

In times of unfettered populism and growing mistrust towards the elite, we follow Klaus Schwab, the 81-year-old founder of the controversial World Economic Forum, over the course of one year. We accompany him as he works to carry out his mission: to improve the state of the world.

Can Klaus Schwab´s vision for the Forum really contribute to solving global problems? Or does it actually worsen the issue by promoting the self-interest of a global elite?

In times of unfettered populism and growing mistrust towards the elite, we follow Klaus Schwab, the 81-year-old founder of the controversial World Economic Forum, over the course of one year. We accompany him as he works to carry out his mission: to improve the state of the world.

Since 1971, Schwab has been bringing together the leading figures from international business, politics, science and civil society in the small Swiss mountain village of Davos - firmly convinced that the world´s problems must be solved through dialogue.

The film follows Klaus Schwab over a one-year period when the world seems to be falling apart: climate crisis, Brexit, Yellow-Vest protests on the streets of France, the burning Amazon rainforest and the trade war between the USA and China. But not only are a new swathe of populist leaders like Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, challenging the establishment... a younger rebellious generation, led by climate activist Greta Thunberg, are making their presence felt.

Marcus Vetter is one of the most well-known and renowned German documentary filmmakers. He has won many awards such as the German Film Prize and several Grimme Awards for films such as THE HEART OF JENIN and THE TUNNEL. With THE FORUM he achieved a special coup: For the first time in the 50-year history of the World Economic Forum, an independent camera crew was able to shoot behind the scenes of the huge event. In the best HOUSE OF CARDS style, we witness how diplomacy plays out when the most powerful people in the world meet behind closed doors.

We are there when Trump, Bolsonaro and other heads of state engage in bilateral talks with business leaders, when diplomatic conflicts unfold in the corridors of the Congress Center in Davos, or when CEOs of the world´s largest corporations learn about topics such as Artificial Intelligence or Blockchain.

Meanwhile, we accompany senior employees of Klaus Schwab while they carry out the WEF’s projects on the ground. For example, in Indonesia, where they are attempting to prevent the deforestation of the rainforest through sustainable palm oil projects, or in Rwanda, where drones are being used to supply hospitals with blood reserves.

Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and declared critic of the World Economic Forum, uses the exclusive meetings in Davos to raise awareness of the urgent need for climate protection amongst politicians and business leaders. She also brings climate activist Greta Thunberg to the annual meeting and provides her with a platform to confront the most powerful people in the world.

Can Klaus Schwab´s vision for the Forum really contribute to solving global problems? Or does it actually worsen the issue by promoting the self-interest of a global elite?

PRODUCTION

gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Heinrich-Roller-Straße 15
10405 Berlin
fon: 0049 (0) 30 695 669 10
info@gebrueder-beetz.de

Filmperspektive GmbH
Sickstrasse 36
70190 Stuttgart
fon: 0049 (0)7071 36 79 06
info@filmperspektive.de


 

Distribution

Rise And Shine Cinema UG
Borselstraße 16
22765 Hamburg
fon: 030 4737 2980

PRESS

Noise Film PR
Schlesische Str. 20
10997 Berlin
fon: +49 (0)30 41723030
info@noisefilmpr.com

Staff list

direction Marcus Vetter
Author Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Director of Photography Georg Zengerling
Music Marcel Vaid

Post-Production 

Xavier Agudo
Editing Marcus Vetter
André Nier
Ana R. Fernandes
Michele Gentile
Production manager Kathrin Isberner
Sereina Gabathuler
Executive Producer  Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman
Producer Christian Beetz
Marcus Vetter
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Caroline Schaper
Bettina Walter

Produktion & Partner

Production gebrueder beetz filmproduktion
Filmperspektive
In coproduction  Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Filmperspektive, SWR,
BR, HR, SRF SRG SSR, VPRO
In cooperation Arte, SVT, VRT, NRK, DR, Channel 8, TV3, Against Gravity,
Motto Pictures, EBU
Funded by MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg,
Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Schweiz, Züricher Filmstiftung,
Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union


Technical specifications

Version OmdtU & OmengU & Omdt/engU
Lenght 115 minutes
Format 16:9 (1:1,85)
Sound 5.1 Digital
Genre Documentation
Country of production Germany, Switzerland
Year of production  2019
Theatrical release 06. November 2019