Switzerland at Pier 17 Thu, Sep 26, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Daniel Zimmermann
Year of Production:2018
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Topic:Big Business
Land Rights
Free Event
Running Time:106 min.


Free event.


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 in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. The wooden planks’ trajectory corresponds to one of the central trade routes for raw materials, but this time in reverse 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.




"Composed of just 13 rotating shots, this is a formally impressive rumination on subjects such as globalization and nature versus man that uses camerawork and editing to turn the film into something almost as surreal as the subjects it explores." ~ The Hollywood Reporter


  • Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection, New Frontier
  • Zurich Film Festival – Emerging Swiss Talent Award
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Documentary Special Jury Prize
  • Rotterdam Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Viennale International Film Festival – Official Selection



Program Sponsors:

Swiss Touch     Switzerland

 Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco     Swissnex


Daniel ZimmermanOriginally trained as wood sculptor, Daniel Zimmerman works on film, installation and performance art. His projects have shown at Berlinale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Sundance Film Festival. He founded the artist association nadaproductions, the art and performance space nadalokal, and the Austrian Ministry of Movement Affairs (BMfB).