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The Forecaster
IDFA 2014

The Forecaster

Marcus Vetter
Germany
2014
100 min
World Premiere
Festival history
Starting at a very young age, Martin Armstrong displayed an entrepreneurial spirit and an analytical ability that were far too complicated for others. As a child he was already collecting coins, and before long he would be trading in gold. As an adult, he started the company Princeton Economics International. Based on a self-designed model, in which the mysterious number Pi plays an intrinsic role, he was able to calculate developments in the world economy. His predictions about stock crises or currency problems were eerily accurate, and he built up a clientele that consisted of powerful players in the global economy. All this made him a lot of money, but also more and more enemies in high places. In 1999, the FBI was on his doorstep, and he ended up in prison on charges of fraud and conspiracy without any judgment ever passed. In 2012, he suddenly reappeared in public life, and he shares his pessimistic views on the disastrous developments in the world. In the film he tells his remarkable story, supported by archive footage and interviews with his mother, former employees and customers. It’s a story that reads a lot like a film script.
Credits
Screening copy
    Filmperspektive GmbH
    Filmperspektive GmbH
World Sales
    Autlook Filmsales
    Autlook Filmsales
Co-production
    C-FILMS AG
    C-FILMS AG
Involved TV Channel
    SWR,
    NDR,
    ARTE G.E.I.E.
    SWR,
    NDR,
    ARTE G.E.I.E.