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The Brink

From director Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Say You’re Sorry)

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics.

Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.

THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections.

To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement.

Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

"an impeccably crafted verité ramble - an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie..."

Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Klayman, who was granted remarkable access to Bannon during this period, achieves something far more valuable and chilling: She shows us not so much what Bannon thinks as what Bannon does."

Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

"captur(es) the glaring contradictions of Bannon-namely, that he preaches "populism" and poses as a voice for the working class while flying around the world in private jets..."

Marlow Stern The, Daily Beast