Donald Trump’s longtime adviser, Roger Stone maneuvers in and out of Danish filmmaker Christoffer Guldbrandsen’s grasp in this jaw-dropping portrait of a puppet master tangled in his own strings. A STORM FORETOLD – ROGER STONE AND DIE follows the revered right-wing powerbroker, his influential journey back to the era of President Nixon, a legacy inked onto his own back. In a film marked by unparalleled access, Christoffer Guldbrandsen captures the tumultuous final months of the Trump administration, centering on the heart of power and climaxing with the unprecedented storming of Congress. Guldbrandsen finds himself amidst the chaos as Trump supporters converge on Washington, witnessing firsthand Roger Stone’s strategic retreat from his hotel suite as the ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign spirals into a riot. A STORM FORETOLD – ROGER STONE AND DIE unfolds the narrative of a once-established political party metamorphosing into an anti-democratic movement, where impassioned rhetoric evolves into tangible violence. Director Christoffer Guldbrandsen (Stealing Africa) joins us for a conversation on that amazing level of access was able to attain, getting to know the Trump movement from the ultimate insider and how he sees the future of American politics.
About the filmmaker – Christoffer Guldbrandsens’ work is inspired by the observational style of the direct cinema movement. He trained as a journalist in Denmark and the United Kingdom, and his work has won the Peabody Award in the US and The Danish Art Council’s Grant. Guldbrandsen penetrates closed and secretive milieus like no other, from where he draws the material for his documentary dramas. His films are characterized by an expressive realism in structure, form, and content. With understated but effective means, he lets the characters, and the dramas unfold before the audience naturally. His breakthrough film, The Road to Europe (2003), was an observational doc- thriller about the enlargement of the European Union, that created an international stir when it revealed that Germany would never let Turkey into the EU. Russian President Vladimir Putin was also upset by the film, publicly protesting, he had been recorded during a private conversation. Guldbrandsen’s observational film about the rise and fall of the new political party New Alliance, has become a satirical landmark documentary – and an inspiration for the drama hit-series “Borgen.” A mainstay in Guldbrandsen’s films is his ability to turn complicated subject matter into cinema. He highlights the often banal, unassuming actions that reveal essential character traits and emotions of humans in high-tension situations. In a striking visual style and with a sense for sharply drawn characters, Guldbrandsen delivers dramas from the political reality among the winners and losers of power. In addition to his film work, Guldbrandsen has served as CEO for The Why Foundation, Commissioning Editor and Executive Editor for DR – The Danish Broadcasting Corporation.