This is an impressive debut documentary from Swiss filmmaker Daniel Zimmermann, especially in its idea and structure. The film consists of a total of 13 long shots which all are 360-degree panning shots. As it meticulously captures how trees from Austrian forests are turned into lumber and travel to the Brazilian Amazon, it reflects upon the absurdities and paradoxes of the global economy. The title Walden comes from the famous essay of the same title by Henry David, the American writer and philosopher who focused on simple living and self-sufficient life in natural surroundings. (JO Ji-hoon)
Alps Cinema 2
Zimmermann is a visual artist, dramaturge and film director. His works are based on a fictional actionism located between visual and performance art. His projects also comprise films that have been shown at renowned international film festivals, such as Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festival. He founded in 2005 the artist association nadaproductions.