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Around the world, far-right leaders and political movements are gaining ground—from Trump to Duterte to Le Pen to Bolsonaro. To what extent does disseminating their stories create a platform for their views? The Brink raises this question as it follows Steve Bannon, after he has left his perch as Trump’s White House chief strategist and as he continues galvanizing what he calls the “global populist movement.”

Filmmaker Alison Klayman’s deft and vigilant fly-on-the-wall camera records everything, from hotel-room meetings with Trump-supporting midterm candidates looking to kiss Bannon’s ring, to intimate convenings with far-right leaders from France, Hungary, Belgium, and Britain, all plotting their next move. When journalists arrive, we witness their attempts to puncture Bannon’s facade of disarming charm and challenge his beliefs. What is most fascinating—and instructive—is the way Klayman subtly reveals patterns in Bannon’s rhetoric and behavior, searingly capturing the way he states one thing but means something entirely different. As we watch him operate, we slowly learn how to deconstruct his methods, which have proven central to his foothold in political life—chilling as they are.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Documentary Premieres


RUN TIME 91 min

COMPANY Magnolia Pictures

WEBSITE www.magpictures.com

EMAIL arocchi@magpictures.com

PHONE 9173449928


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Artist Bio

Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman’s directorial debut, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese artist and activist, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for spirit of defiance. The film was released theatrically around the globe and short-listed for an Academy Award. Her other films include The 100 Years Show (Hot Docs 2015), the Netflix Original Take Your Pills (2018 SXSW Film Festival), and the upcoming short Flower Punk.