Nationalist or nihilist? Steve Bannon is the joker in America's great house of cards, and now he wants to come to Europe.
Nationalism is back, and the right-wing populist wave has its own global leader and mastermind in Steve Bannon - at least if you ask the man himself. Bannon, who is credited with bringing Trump to the White House before being fired, is now spreading his message to the rest of the world. He wants to unite Europe's nationalist currents into The Movement. Regardless of what one thinks of him, Bannon has understood the art of twisting the American media around his little finger. 'There is no such thing as bad publicity,' as he says, and with a project that is nourished by an unsavoury, conspiratorial mix of hate and fear, he creates headlines with plenty of exclamation marks. But will Bannon succeed in exporting his strategy of sowing division to Europe? And is there anything of substance behind his project? Bannon has been called a nihilist, but he is more like a joker in the great house of cards that is American politics. Alison Klayman has followed him with her camera for over a year. 'The Brink' is a both scary and disarming portrait of a manipulator in action. But even if he seems invincible, the ground underneath him is wobbling.