Scene from the film Walden
Scene from the film Walden
Scene from the film Walden
Scene from the film Walden
Scene from the film Walden
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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.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Daniel Zimmermann
  • DOP
    Gerald Kerkletz
  • Editing
    Bernhard Braunstein
  • Sound
    Karoline Heflin
  • Duration
    107 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Listapad Minsk International Film Festival
    • CineEco Seia
    • San Francisco Green Film Festival
    • Sydney Film Festival
    • Environmental Film Festival CinemAmbiente Torino
    • Molodist – Kyiv International Film Festival
    • Beldocs – International Documentary Film Festival
    • Trento Film Festival
    • Cinéma du réel – Festival International du Film Documentaire
    • Zagreb Dox – International Documentary Film Festival
    • Göteborg Film Festival
    • DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
    • Sundance Film Festival
    • Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Documentary Special Jury Prize – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
    • Emerging Swiss Talent Award – Zurich Film Festival
    • Honorable Mention – CineEco Seia is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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