The Forum

For the first time in the 50-year history of the World Economic Forum, an independent film team was able to shoot behind closed doors. As the world stands at a crossroads, they document the most powerful people on the planet taking decisions that will affect us all.


The Forum

In times of rampant populism and growing mistrust of the elite, director Marcus Vetter accompanies the 81-year-old founder of the controversial World Economic Forum over a period of two years, as he works to achieve his mission: improve the state of the world.

Since 1971, Schwab has been bringing together leaders from international business, politics, science and civil society in the small Swiss mountain village of Davos – firmly convinced that the world’s problems can only be solved through dialogue.

The film accompanies Klaus Schwab over the course of two years, while the world seems to be falling apart: climate crisis, Brexit, Yellow Vest protests in France, the burning Amazon Rainforest and the trade war between the USA and China…

But not only are a new squad of populist leaders such as Brazil‘s President Jair Bolsonaro challenging the establishment—a new generation of rebellious youth, led by climate activist Greta Thunberg, are forcing their way into the public eye, too.

Marcus Vetter is one of the best-known and most renowned German documentary film directors. He has received numerous awards with films such as THE HEART OF JENIN and THE TUNNEL – including the German Film Prize and several Grimme Prizes. With THE FORUM he achieved a special coup: for the first time in the fifty-year history of the World Economic Forum, an independent film team was able to shoot behind the scenes of the massive event. In the best HOUSE OF CARDS manner, we are behind closed doors and see how diplomacy functions when the most powerful people in the world are amongst themselves.

A film by:
Marcus Vetter

Written by:
Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Produced by :
Christian Beetz

Producers:
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Caroline Schaper
Bettina Walter

Co-Producers:
Karin Koch
Marcus Vetter

Executive Producers:
Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman

Line Producers:
Kathrin Isberner
Sereina Gabathuler

Director of Photography:
Georg Zengerling

Additional Camera:
Michele Gentile
Philipp Künzli
Marcus Vetter
Thomas Schneider
Robert Ralston
Dirk Heuer
Ron Katzenelson
Or Viner
Mikon Haaksmann
Nicolas Ortega Ward

Editors:
Marcus Vetter
André Nier
Ana R. Fernandes
Michele Gentile

Additional Editing:
Jann Anderegg

Sound:
Marcus Vetter

Additional Sound:
Dieter Meyer
Marco Teufen
Jonathan Schorr
Aljoscha Haupt
Melanie Westphal
Felix Schlag
Emanuel Malzew
Erez Levi
Thomas Funk

Music:
Marcel Vaid
Jens Huerkamp
Christian Heschl

Production Managers:
Anique Roelfsema
Karoline Hunder
Sophia Rubischung
Annette Burchard

Assistant Producer:
Anne von Petersdorff

Accountant:
Sandra Zentgraf
Dieter Neubrand

Title Design:
Uli Streckenbach

Graphic Design:
Robert Pohle
Uli Streckenbach
Jan Erlinghagen
Davide Legittimo

Postproduction Managers:
Xavier Agudo
Guillermo J. Deisler
Sophia Rubischung

Postproduction Assistants:
Tobias Heinze
Joseph Wernicke

Picture Design:
Patrick Lindenmaier

Re-Recording Mixer:
Jörg Höhne

Sound Design
Karl Gerhardt
Oswald Schwander
Laura Matissek

Commissioning Editors:
Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri – SWR
Simone Reuter – SWR
Matthias Leybrand – BR
Esther Schapira – HR
Urs Augstburger, Belinda Sallin – SRF
Sven Wälti - National Coordination SRG SSR
Barbara Truyen – VPRO
Claudia Bucher - ARTE G.E.I.E
Axel Arnö - SVT
Tom Bleyard - VRT
Carina Bordewich - NRK
Anders Bruus - DR

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    07 November 2019 at 6:00 pm

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    09 November 2019 at 5:45 pm

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