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.
Director of Photography
Nicolas Ortega Ward
Ana R. Fernandes
Anne von Petersdorff
Guillermo J. Deisler
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
In co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Filmperspektive, SWR, BR, HR, SRF, SRG SSR, VPRO. In association with ARTE, SVT, VRT, NRK, DR, Channel 8, Televisió de Catalunya, Against Gravity, Motto Pictures, EBU. Supported by MFG Baden-Würtemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Bundesamt für Kultur (Switzerland), Zürcher Filmstiftung, Creative Europe – MEDIA Program of the European Union