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Capital in the 21st Century Film (Trailer) – 2019 Adaptation Documentary

Capital in the 21st Century

Film (Trailer) – 2019 Adaptation Documentary

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After tackling documentaries about sporting legends and surveillance, Kiwi director Justin Pemberton (Chasing Great) began his most ambitious project yet. Inspired by the brick-sized bestseller by French economist Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century examines the disproportionate amount of cash and power wielded by a small global minority. The French-Kiwi co-production blends talking heads (including Piketty and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz) and pop culture imagery of the rich and famous. Jean-Benoît Dunckel (from French duo Air) supplies the music. 

I wanted to present a long view, a wide shot of capital that spans 400 years – ending in the near future – and was keen to create the feeling of hovering above the world watching events play out ... I was keen too for a film that embraced a vivid pop-cultural history, since tales of wealth and financial struggle have been core themes in popular stories for centuries.
– Writer/director Justin Pemberton

Produced by

General Film Corporation


General Film Corporation


Released in New Zealand cinemas on 10 October 2019

World premiere on 13 June 2019 at Sydney's George Street Event Cinema, as part of the Sydney Film Festival

New Zealand premiere on 21 July 2019 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival