By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, 26 May 2019: The Film adaptation of French economist Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking global bestseller (3 million copies sold worldwide) of the same name: an eye-opening journey through wealth and power is all set to rock the Sydney Film Festival- 2019 (SFF-2019). The three central points of Capital in the 21st century are 1. The return of a patrimonial (or wealth-based) society in the Old World (Europe, Japan), 2.The future of wealth concentration and 3. Inequality in America.
Director Justin Pemberton (The Nuclear Comeback, Chasing Great), a guest at the festival crisscrosses the world, interviewing some accessibly erudite thinkers such as Faiza Shaheen, Gillian Tett and Joseph Stiglitz, to interpret Piketty’s thesis (No. 1 The New York Times bestseller and over 1.5 million sales) in a cinematic manner. As it riffs through history, Pemberton’s documentary exposes the fraud at the heart of global economics: the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress. Traveling through time from the French Revolution and other huge global shifts, two world wars and through to the rise of new technologies today, the film delivers an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.
Capital in the 21st Century has investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, Ingenious Project Finance, Upside Distribution (who also handles international sales), Hercules, and Images and Sound. Diaphana, Canal Plus and France 3 have all come together for French-speaking territories while Transmission Films will distribute in Aust/NZ.
Check www.sff.org.au for details.