„The New Gospel“ celebrated premiere in Venice
Yesterday at 11 a.m. the Filmstiftung-funded production „The New Gospel“ by Milo Rau in the section Giornate degli Autori celebrated its premiere at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in the presence of cast and crew.
What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would be his disciples? „The New Gospel“ sees Milo Rau and his team returning to the origins of the Gospel and staging it as a passion play of a whole population for the 21st century: a manifesto of solidarity for the poorest, a cinematic revolt for a more just and humane world. Numerous refugees, activists and citizens of the European Capital of Culture 2019 in Matera participated in the film, including the actors Yvan Sagnet, Marcello Fonte, Enrique Irazoqui, Maia Morgenstern and Vinicio Capossela. „The New Gospel“ was produced by Cologne’s Fruitmarket, the Swiss production house Langfilm and the IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in co-production with Matera 2019 and ZDF and in cooperation with Arte, Swiss Television SRF / SRG, Consorzio Teatri Uniti di Basilicata and the Teatro di Roma. Milo Rau also wrote the screenplay. The Filmstiftung NRW backed the documentary with 230,000 Euros, with additional funding for „The New Gospel“ coming from the Federal Cultural Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, the Zurich Film Foundation, the Federal Office of Culture (BAK) the Volkart Foundation, the Canton of St. Gallen Cultural Promotion, and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).