We present our interviews from the TIFF premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat based on the book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers by Jake Bernstein. The money laundering drama stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Sharon Stone, Melissa Rauch, Antonio Banderas, Alex Pettyfer, James Cromwell, David Schwimmer, Robert Patrick, Matthias Schoenaerts, Will Forte, Jeffrey Wright, Nonso Anozie, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Jessica Allain.
The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and these are the interviews from the red carpet.
A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system.
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass larger fortunes. Founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system. Zipping through a kaleidoscope of detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016’s Panama Papers publication – where journalists leaked the secret, encrypted documents of Mossack Fonseca’s high-profile patrons