State of Affairs


Michael Winterbottom
Screening time  
26.02. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
An uproarious critique of the world financial crisis.

Michael Winterbottom joins forces with actor, comedian, and provocateur Russell Brand for that most unlikely of documentary approaches: an uproarious critique of the world financial crisis. Building on Brand’s emergence as an activist following his 2014 book Revolution, where he railed against “corporate tyranny, ecological irresponsibility, and economic inequality”, The Emperor’s New Clothes pairs archival footage with comedic stand-ups conducted in the financial centers of London and New York. Brand spotlights not only how the crisis affected the working class around the world, but also how the uber-wealthy benefited from the downturn. 


Michael Winterbottom

Born in Blackburn, Michael Winterbottom began his career in television before moving into film and most recently commercials. He is most recognised for his TV & film work with Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, The Trip, The Look of Love) and has received numerous BAFTA Awards and nominations. Three of his films, Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People, have been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Most recently Winterbottom has directed the feature film Face of an Angel and the documentary feature The Emperor’s New Clothes, screened at 2016 ZagrebDox.

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Great Britain, USA, France
2015, 101'

Directed by:
Michael Winterbottom

Screenplay by:
Michael Winterbottom

James Clarke

Edited by:
Marc Richardson

Melissa Parmenter

Produced by:
Revolution Films

Festivals & Awards:

Tribeca Film Festival 2015; Film Fest Gent 2015; CPX:DOX 2015