Berlin: Watch the First Trailer for Alex Gibney's Cyber Warfare Doc 'Zero Days' (Exclusive)

Zero Days Poster
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The latest film from the director of 'Going Clear' and 'Taxi to the Dark Side' has its world premiere in the Berlin competition on Wednesday.

The Hollywood Reporter has received the exclusive first look at the trailer for Zero Days, the new documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief).

A terrifying look into cyber warfare and the threat from state-sponsored hackers, Zero Days premiered Wednesday in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Magnolia and Showtime snatched up the film for the U.S. just ahead of its Berlin debut.

In the trailer, members of the U.S. and international Secret Services outline the dangers of cyber war as illustrated by Stuxnet, the computer worm apparently developed by one or more nation states that sabotaged Iran's nuclear program and reportedly destroyed up to a fifth of the country's nuclear centrifuges.

But the Stuxnet incident is only the beginning, Gibney argues. Computer viruses designed to attack critical infrastructure — electrical grids, nuclear power stations, water treatment plants — are out there, and the systems of the U.S. are among the most vulnerable to attacks.

“Welcome to the next global war” runs the tagline in the trailer. One commentator notes ominously, “This has the whiff of 1945,” referring to the beginning of nuclear warfare.

Watch the trailer below.