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Directed by Daniel Zimmermann

  • Switzerland, Austria 2018; 107 min
  • Original version: No dialogue
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Documentary Special Jury Prize - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Emerging Swiss Talent Award - Zurich FF


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.



    Aline Schmid