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Let's make money


Austria , 2008., 108'


Erwin Wagenhofer


Sundance film festival 2009. / Grand Jury Award nomination




‘Let’s Make Money’ follows the tracks of our money through the worldwide finance system. Wagenhofer looks behind the scenes of the colourful backdrop of banks and insurance companies. What does our pension provision have to do with the property blow-up in Spain? We don’t have to buy a home there in order to be involved. As soon as we open an account, we’re part of the world-wide finance market - whether we want to be or not. The bank enters our account into the global money circuit. Possibly banks or pension funds lend our money to speculators. We customers have no idea where our debtor lives and what he does to pay our interest fees. Most of us aren’t even interested, because we like to follow the call of the banks: ‘Let your money work for you’. But this is absurd, money can’t ‘work’. Only people, animals or machines can work.

Erwin Wagenhofer was born in Amstetten, Austria, studied at the Vienna Institute of Technology. He has worked as an assistant director, assistant cameraman, writer, and director and has lectured at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His body of work includes documentaries and features for broadcasting corporations, commercials, and short films.