The New Gospel

a film by Milo Rau

The New Gospel

Germany, Switzerland | 2020 | 107:00 min

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Documentary Docudrama
starts December 17, 2020 in digital cinemas
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.

A production of Fruitmarket, Langfilm & IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in coproduction with SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen / SRG SSR, ZDF in cooperation with ARTE in collaboration with Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019, Consorzio Teatri Uniti di Basilicata and Teatro di Roma supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Zürcher Filmstiftung, DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung / Swisslos, BKM - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Volkart Stiftung, Suissimage Kulturfonds
17 Giornate degli Autori Venedig 2020
33 IDFA Amsterdam, int. competition 2020
Human Rights Film Festival Zurich 2020

Schweizer Filmpreis 2021: Best Documentary
Comp. Prix de Soleure – Solothurner Filmtage
FIFDH Geneva, int comp.
HUMAN International Documentary Film Norway
Cinéma du Réel, Paris,
2021 shortlisted for LOLA2021 — Deutscher Filmpreis Dokumentarfilm #lola21
Cast and Crew
  • Director Milo Rau
  • Producer Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist , Sebastian Lemke
  • Director of Photography Thomas Eirich-Schneider
  • Narrator Vinicio Capossela
  • Editor Katja Dringenberg
  • Sound Marco Teufen, Julian Joseph
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Production Company
Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH
Maastrichter Strasse 45, 50672 Köln

Fax: +49 221 8875515

Phone: +49 221 8875513
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