Tokyo Festival Program

The New Gospel

by Milo Rau

  • Film
  • Online Program
  • Theatre

Schedule:Saturday, Nov.13 - Sunday, Nov.28


Language:Italian / French / English (English / Japanese subtitles)

Screenplay / Director: Milo Rau
Production companies:
LANGFILM / Bernard Lang AG

A passion play of solidarity and revolution for the twenty-first century

The playwright and director Milo Rau has used theatre to confront actual events and incidents. Also active in cinema and journalism, he has now created a new gospel for the twenty-first century. Set in Matera in southern Italy, where Pasolini and Gibson also shot their famous films about Jesus, the role of Christ is played by the Cameroonian political activist Yvan Sagnet. On Matera’s farms, many migrants live and work in inhumane conditions. The film captures the “Revolt of Dignity,” a human rights campaign led by Sagnet and the disciples he finds among the migrants on the plantations. This story of Christ performed by professionals and non-professional actors alike is a passion play that sharply probes society today and our humanity.


Video Commentary


105 min.


Ticket: 1,500 yen
Tickets on sale: Sunday, Aug. 29
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Photo: Hannes Schmid

Milo Rau

Swiss-born theatre director, writer and movie director. In 2018 he became artistic director of Belgium’s NTGent. Rau studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich with Pierre Bourdieu and Tzvetan Todorov among others. Since 2002 he has created over 50 plays, films, books and engaged in numerous other projects. His theatre productions have been shown at major international festivals including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d'Avignon, and the Venice Biennale, and his works have toured over 30 countries worldwide. Rau has also received great acclaim and won various awards for his films including “Das Kongo Tribunal”(2017).


With Yvan Sagnet, Papa Latyr Faye, Samuel Jacobs, Yussif Bamba, Jeremiah Akhere Ogbeide, Mbaye Ndiaye, Kadir Alhaji Nasir, Ali Soumaila, Vito Castoro, Marie Antoinette Eyango, Anthony Nwachukwu, Mohammed Souleiman, Alexander Kwaku Marfo, Blessing Ayomonsuru and many others

And Marcello Fonte, Enrique Irazoqui, Maia Morgenstern

With the voice and the songs of Vinicio Capossela

Conceived, Written and Directed by Milo Rau
Producers Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke
Director of Photography Thomas Eirich-Schneider
Dramaturgy & Editing Katja Dringenberg
Dramaturgy & Concept Eva-Maria Bertschy
Dramaturgy & Assistant Director Giacomo Bisordi
Set Design & Costumes Anton Lukas, Ottavia Castellotti
Original Sound Marco Teufen, Julian Joseph
Sound Editing Guido Keller, Dieter Lengacher
Production Management Elisa Calosi, Laryssa Stone

A production of Fruitmarket, Langfilm & IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in coproduction with SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen / SRG SSR, ZDF in cooperation with ARTE, in collaboration with Fondazione Matera Basilicata 2019, Consorzio Teatri Uniti di Basilicata and Teatro di Roma supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BAK Bundesamt für Kultur, Zürcher Filmstiftung, DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Kanton St.Gallen Kulturförderung / Swisslos, BKM - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Volkart Stiftung, Suissimage Kulturfonds

Subtitles: Nao Miyauchi (arts knot)

Coordinators: Fumiko Toda, Nao Miyauchi (arts knot)
Advisor: Sachiko Nishio (arts knot / sistema)


Organized by Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2021


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