International competition

Walden

Daniel Zimmermann

2018Switzerland106 minColour

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.

Daniel Zimmermann is an artist, playwright and film director. Originally trained as wood sculptor, he works on film, installation and performance art. He has initiated and realized numerous art projects in museums and galleries as well as in public spaces. His films have been shown at renowned international film festivals, such as Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festival. 

  • PRODUCTION : Aline Schmid, Adrian Blaser