Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

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The New Gospel

Das Neue Evangelium

Germany, Switzerland, Italy
2020 — 107 min / Colour

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Synopsis

What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his disciples be? And how would today’s bearers of secular and spiritual power respond to the return and provocations of the most influential prophet and social revolutionary in human history? With “The New Gospel”, Milo Rau is staging a “Revolt of Dignity”. Led by political activist Yvan Sagnet, the movement is fighting for the rights of migrants who came to Europe across the Mediterranean to be enslaved on the tomato fields in southern Italy and to live in ghettos under inhumane conditions. The director and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play of an entire civilization. In Matera, in southern Italy, where the great Jesus films from Pasolini to Gibson were shot, an authentically political as well as theatrical and cinematic “New Gospel” emerges for the 21st century. A manifesto of solidarity with the poorest, a revolt for a more just, humane world.

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Directors' Biography

Milo Rau, born in 1977 in Bern (Switzerland), is a director, author and, since 2018, artistic director of NTGent (Belgium). Critics call him the "most influential" (Die Zeit), the "most excellent" (Le Soir), the "most interesting" (De Standaard), the "most controversial" (La Repubblica), the "most scandalous" (New York Times) or "most ambitious" (The Guardian) artists of our time. Since 2002 he has published over 50 plays, films, books and actions . His theater productions have been shown at all major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d 'Avignon, the Venice Biennale, the Vienna Festival Weeks and the Brussels Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and toured in over 30 countries worldwide.

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Director

Milo Rau

Producer

Arne Birkenstock

Olivier Zobrist

Sebastian Lemke

Cinematography

Thomas Eirich Schneider

Editing

Katja Dringenberg

Sound

Dieter Lengacher

Guido Keller

Screenings & Awards

IDFA , Netherlands, 2021

Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland, 2021

Cinéma du Réel, France, 2021

Official Film Website

https://dasneueevangelium.de/