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THE ANARCHIST BANKER & RIEN SANS RISQUE

THE ANARCHIST BANKER & RIEN SANS RISQUE

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May 8, 2014 | 19 H

The anarchist banker

The Anarchist Banker, featuring the actors John Quincy Long and Tomas Spencer, emulates the style of a talk show, where the host interviews a banker in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Named after the short story written in 1922 by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, Jan Hammer's video restages Pessoa's dialogue between the banker and his secretary as an interview between a banker, Arthur Ashenking, and Dave Hall, a TV moderator. The dialogue's original content has been adapted to reflect the financial practices of neo-liberalism and the resulting credit crunch.

By Jan Peter Hammer, Germany, 2010, 30 minutes, with: John Quincy Long, Tomas Spencer. In original English language.

Rien sans risque (Nicht ohne Risiko)

The film follows the negotiations between a mid-sized company and a venture capital firm. The company is looking for capital to start production on its invention. Farocki limits himself to observing events without comment. He has edited together documentary footage of the two meetings that resulted in a contract. It’s a microscopic look at one cell of today’s economy; an ethnographic portrait of a commonplace business dealing.

By: Harun Farocki, Germany 2004, 50 min. In German with French subtitles.