Walden

Dokus
| 107 min
German
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13 extended 360° camera pans become a meditative and subtle commentary on the absurdity of the economic logic underlying our globalized world. A chainsaw noise cuts the silence in the monastery forest of Admont. This is the beginning of a tree's journey from Austria to the Amazon. By train, truck, boat and by hand, the wood is transported to a mysterious final destination in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest on the Rio Negro. Through a total of 13 stations (forest, sawmill, customs), the camera follows the wood, in finely composed 360° pans, along one of the central raw material trade routes, but paradoxically in the opposite direction of transport. Director Daniel Zimmerman has succeeded in making an "formally impressive feature debut" (The Hollywood Reporter).