The financial crisis of 2008 was a turning point during which the complexity of our financial system manifested itself. It was a web we had spun for more than 30 years, and which had brought us prosperity, larger houses and widescreen televisions. However, it turned out to be a giant house of cards. Starting in the US where the Lehman Brothers fell, the crisis spread like wildfire. Only two weeks later, the crisis infected Europe.On Day Eight is a film about those seven days in 2008, during which all European countries had to work together, despite their differences. Suddenly, every second counted: the next morning, the stock-exchange would open again. Trust became more valuable than money. Unorthodox methods had to be used to save one of Europe's largest banks, Fortis/ABN-AMRO, which was twice the size of Lehman and had the potential of triggering the widely-feared domino-effect of falling banks all over the rest of the European continent and the UK.
In 2008 klapt het Europese financiële stelsel bijna in elkaar. Europese leiders van toen nemen ons mee naar de zeven meest spannende dagen en de reddingsoperatie van Fortis/ABN-AMRO. Vandaag, op de achtste dag, delen ze openhartig hun inzichten, frustraties en angsten. Wat gebeurde er echt in de achterkamers van de macht? En waar staan we nu, tien jaar later?