Walden

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    Walden

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Austria

    2018

    107 min

    • No dialogue

    Documentary

    In the forest of the Catholic Monastery of Admont in Austria a fir tree is felled and processed into planks of wood. By train, truck, boat and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. The wooden planks’ trajectory corresponds to one of the central, raw materials trade routes, however in reversed direction of transport. The film is a meditative and subtle comment on the absurdity of the economic rationale that underlies our globalised world. Each sequence of shots corresponds to a stage in the process. By means of thirteen 360-degree shots, the Swiss filmmaker Daniel Zimmermann clears a paradoxical pathway into the logic of globalised trade routes.

    Awards

    • Documentary Special Jury Prize - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Emerging Swiss Talent Award - Zurich FF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Gerald Kerkletz
    Editing
    Bernhard Braunstein
    Production
    BEAUVOIR FILMS
    Daniel Zimmermann

    Daniel Zimmermann

    Switzerland

    Daniel Zimmermann is a visual artist, dramaturge and filmdirector. Originally trained as wood sculptor, he works in film, installation and performance art. His works are based on a fictional actionism located between visual and performance art. In his works he responds to situations and environments and through installation, performance and film rises questions related to the meaning and sustainability of human actions. He has initiated and realized numerous art projects in museums, galleries as well as in public space. His projects also comprise films that have been shown at renowned international film festivals, such as Berlinale, IFF Rotterdam and Sundance FF. He has received numerous awards and grants for his films and art projects. He founded together with Amanda Piña 2005 the artist association nada- productions, 2009 the art and performance space nadalokal and in the same year the Austrian Ministry of Movement Affairs (BMfB). Currently he works on the realisation of the project Endangered Human Movements. His recent documentary WALDEN screened at Karlovy Vary IFF 2018.