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Cleveland versus Wall Street

DIR: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2010 / Switzerland / 94 min

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On January 11th, 2008, hired by the City of Cleveland, lawyer Josh Cohen and his team filed a lawsuit against 21 banks, which they held accountable for the wave of foreclosures that had left their city in ruins. Since then, the bankers on Wall Street have been fighting by with all available means to avoid going to court… The film is the story of that trial. A film about a trial that may never be held but in which the facts, the participants and their testimonies are all real: the judge, lawyers, witnesses, even the members of the jury – asked to give their verdict – play their own roles. Step by step, one witness after another, the film takes apart, from a plain, human perspective, the mechanisms of subprime mortgage loans, a system that sent the world economy reeling. A trial for the sake of example, a universal fable about capitalism.


Director Jean-Stéphane Bron
Screenplay Jean-Stéphane Bron
Dir. of Photography Séverine Barde, Julien Hirsch
Editing Simon Jacquet
Music Christian Garcia
Sound Benoît Hillebrand
Duration 94 min
Year 2010
Country Switzerland
Colour Colour
Tags America, economic, engaged, law, society
Production SAGA Production Sàrl
SAGA Production Sàrl
Address:  Montelly 48 bis
City:  CH – 1007 Lausanne
Country:  Switzerland
Web:  www.sagaproduction.ch/
Phone:  +41 21 311 95 70
Fax:  +41 21 311 95 72

Distribution Films Distribution
Films Distribution
Address:  34, rue du Louvre
City:  75001 Paris
Country:  France
Web:  www.filmsdistribution.com/
Phone:  +33 1 53 10 33 99
Fax:  +33 1 53 10 33 98


Lisboa, 8th International Independant ...

Lisboa, 8th International Independant Film Festival Lisboa
San Sebastian, 9. Human Rights Film Festival
Cleveland, 35th Cleveland International Film Festival
Göteborg, 34th Göteborg International Film Festival
Solothurn, 46. Solothurner Filmtage
Montréal, 13e RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal
Tübingen, 27. Französische Filmtage Tübingen
Sao Paulo, 34a Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo
Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, Festival du film de Saint Paul Trois Châteaux
Rio de Janeiro, Festival do Rio - 12th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
Bienne, 6e Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie Bienne
Paris, 8e Paris Cinema International Film Festival
La Rochelle, 38e Festival International du Film de La Rochelle
München, 28. Filmfest München, Competition
Cannes, 42e Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Cannes


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Paris, Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, César du Meilleur Documentaire 2011 (Nomination) Solothurn, Solothurner Filmtage, Prix de Soleure 2011
München, Filmfest München, Lobende Erwähnung der Jury "One Future Preis" 2010
Paris, Festival Paris Cinéma, Prix du public 2010


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