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Master of the Universe


Investment bankers are the real Masters of the Universe, not politicians, armies or even countries. In economic powerhouse Germany, a top banker gives a disturbing insider’s account of his emotions, motivations and predictions. The banking system disconnects bankers from the outside world, making self-reflection about their work impossible. This film reveals a parallel universe of extreme income and merciless pressure.


  • Variety
    Former investment banker Rainer Voss gets his closeup in Marc Bauder's riveting documentary.
  • Film Journal International
    Marc Bauder's quietly disturbing film is near-perfect.
  • New York Times
    A vertiginous look inside the bubble behind the financial bubble, with no end in sight.
  • Slant Magazine
    Marc Bauder's documentary quietly detonates the conservative notion that our largest corporations should be allowed to duke it out in metaphorical no-holds-barred cage matches.

Festival Participation

  • Locarno Film Festival - 2013
    Prize of the Semaine de la critique
  • CPH:DOX - 2013
  • IDFA - 2013
  • Zurich Film Festival - 2013
  • Paris Human Rights International Film Festiva - 2014
    Special Jury Prize
  • European Documentary Film Award - 2014
    European Documentary Film Award

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