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Das Neue Evangelium
The New Gospel

by Milo Rau
Germany, Switzerland, Italy, 2020, 107', color, DCP
Screenplay: Milo Rau
Friday 04 September 2020
22:15 Sala Astra 1 Press, Industry
Friday 04 September 2020
22:30 Sala Astra 2 Press, Industry
Sunday 06 September 2020
11:00 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Monday 07 September 2020
21:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets

Thomas Eirich-Schneider
Katja Dringenberg
Vinicio Capossela
Elia Rediger
Ras Bamba
Marco Teufen
Julian Joseph
production design and costumes
Anton Lukas
Ottavia Castellotti

Yvan Sagnet
Maia Morgenstern
[Mother Mary]
Enrique Irazoqui
[John the Baptist]
Marcello Fonte
[Pontius Pilate]

Arne Birkenstock
Olivier Zobrist
Sebastian Lemke
IIPM (International Institute of Political Murder)

SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen)
in collaboration with
Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019
Consorzio Teatri Uniti di Basilicata
Teatro di Roma

with the support of
Film und Medienstiftung NRW
Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)
Zürcher Filmstiftung
DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds
Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung / Swisslos, BKM
Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung fur Kultur und Medien
Volkart Stiftung
Suissimage Kulturfonds

press office
Mirjam Wiekenkamp

What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his disciples be? And how would today's society respond to the return of the Son of God? 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.



2020 Das Neue Evangelium [The New Gospel, doc]
2017 The Congo Tribunal [doc]
2014 The Moscow Trials [doc]

For me, the important thing was not only to adapt the word of the Bible, but its content: the fight of all men for dignity. In that sense, The New Gospel has indeed become a biblical film adaptation for our times with a cast that is diverse in the best sense: Next to international stars and politicians, activists, agricultural workers and normal citizens play the leading roles. Mary Magdalene is a leading figure in our film, some of the apostles are female and - for the most part - the followers of "our" Jesus are of Muslim faith. But what makes me most happy is that our film has made a real effect. As a consequence of the "Revolt of Dignity", as you can see at the end of the film, the first "houses of dignity" were founded around Matera: Houses where the previously homeless protagonists of our film can now live in dignity and self-determination. And this with the support of the Catholic Church!

Milo Rau (Bern, 1977) is a director, writer and since the 2018/19 season artistic director of NTGent (Belgium). Critics call him the "most influential" (Die Zeit), "most awarded" (Le Soir), "most controversial" (La Repubblica), "most scandalous" (New York Times) or "most ambitious" (The Guardian) artist of our time. Since 2002 he has published over 50 plays and other works. Rau has received several honorary doctoral degrees and won the European Theatre Prize and - as the youngest artist ever - the award of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

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