Wed, 02.03.2016

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Two Documentaries By Marc Bauder

We present two documentaries by Marc Bauder that expand on two themes he addressed in his feature film debut The System, which we showed as part of our Goethe-Kino series on 27 January. Bauder’s interest in the GDR, its aftermath and continuous impact on the present also inform Jeder Schweigt von Etwas Anderem (2006, Last to Know). However, in contrast with his fiction film, in which his young protagonist has to deal with his parents’ collaboration with the GDR system, this documentary focuses on those who opposed this system and were punished as a consequence. His depiction of the connection between finance, politics and old Stasi networks in the fiction film already shows his interest in the complex systems formed by the connection of power and money. For his award wining Master of the Universe (2013) he has managed to get the investment banker Rainer Voss in front of his camera who gives detailed insight into the banking system.

For the first time, a true international finance industry insider tells all. Rainer Voss, a man who was once one of Germany’s leading investment bankers and who easily handled millions in his heyday, reveals his personal insight on how the glittering financial world really operates, from all its dark abysses and lack of scruples to its semi-religious rules. Did the global financial crisis change anything? Voss’s forecast is disquieting…
Germany 2013, colour, 88 mins. With English subtitles. Director Marc Bauder, With Rainer Voss.
European Film Award 2014 - Best Documentary


Marc Bauder was born in Stuttgart in 1974, and studied business in Cologne, St. Gallen and New York. He began working as a director during his studies, and founded the production company bauderfilm in 1999. After embarking on a degree in production from HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2001, he broke off his studies after three semesters in order to concentrate on directing full-time. Intermittent forays into theatre included the transformation of his documentary grow or go into the play Under Ice, which premiered at the Schaubühne Berlin. At the end of 2009, he presented is own theatre adaptation for grow or go, which premiered in 2010 at the Théâtre National in Brussels. In 2011, he presented his award-winning feature film debutThe System, and his documentary MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (2014) won the jury prize competition at the Semaine de la Critique in Locarno. Among other projects, Marc Bauder is currently working on the feature film The Mentor for television (HR/ ARD). In an interview Bauder said: “Firstly it sounds strange that I always deal with money, or rather economy, but if I want to know how our society functions I can’t avoid this topic.”

Source:, Interview with Marc Bauder on YouTube about his film MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE