Milo Rau Retrospective

The New Gospel

Milo Rau
Screening time  
17.06. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Ticket

What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his disciples be? And how would today’s bearers of secular and spiritual power respond to the return and provocations of the most influential prophet and social revolutionary in human history? 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. In Matera, in southern Italy, where the great Jesus films from Pasolini to Gibson were shot, an authentically political as well as theatrical and cinematic “New Gospel” emerges for the 21st century.


Milo Rau

Milo Rau is writer and director, and artistic director of NTGent theater in Belgium. He studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich. Since 2002 he has published over 50 plays, films, books and actions for which he has received numerous awards. His theater productions have been shown at all major international festivals and have been touring in over 30 countries worldwide. Rau's films, including The New Gospel (2020), The Congo Tribunal (2017), Hate Radio (2014), The Moscow Trials (2013), The Last Days of the Ceausescus (2010) have been awarded many prizes including a Special Award at the Festival des Deutschen Films, the Zürcher Filmpreis or the Amnesty International Prize. In addition to his work as a director, Rau is also a critic, lecturer and prolific writer with 15 publications to date, which have been translated into English, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese and Norwegian, among others. Rau's literary work has been awarded some of the most prestigious German literary prizes.

General sponsor

Das Neue Evangelium

Germany, Switzerland, Italy
2020, 107'

Directed by:
Milo Rau

Screenplay by:
Milo Rau

Thomas Eirich-Schneider

Edited by:
Katja Dringenberg

Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke

Produced by:
Fruitmarket, Langfilm, International Institute of Political Murder

Festivals & Awards:

Swiss Film Award 2021 – Best Documentary Film
Lola German Film Award 2021 – Nomination
Venice Film Festival 2020
IDFA 2020
Cinéma du Réel 2021
Human Rights Film Festival Zurich 2020
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2021
HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival 2021


Maelle Guenegues