World premiered in Berlinale 2011 and screened in Sundance, Sarajevo, Namur, Hamburg and many others, STICK CLIMBING invites the audience in a dangerous journey: a peaceful contemplative walk through a pastoral village gradually becomes an impossible ascent on an almost vertical rock. The camera seems unimpressed by the breakneck route and keeps on filming even during the perilous climbing which defies gravity. The escape from a conventional, conformist reality seems to be the main theme of this masterful cinematic trip, thought as a 14 minutes one-shot scene, filmed from the POV of an invisible protagonist.
Director: DANIEL ZIMMERMANN
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Cinematography: DANIEL ZIMMERMANN
Editing: BERNHARD BRAUNSTEIN
Sound: BERNHARD BRAUNSTEIN, DANILE FRITZ
Production: DANIEL ZIMMERMANN
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The visual artist DANIEL ZIMMERMANN (b. Switzerland), originally trained as wood sculptor, works in film, stereoscopic photography, installation, and performance. He exhibited his art works in museums, exhibition spaces, and public spaces in Kunstmuseum, Bern, Troisdorf, to name just a few. Transferring in cinema his obsessions regarding the dichotomy Man/Nature, and using the same obsessive motif of wooden structures, he directed a series of short films that were presented at renowned international film festivals (Stick Climbing; Lauberhorn Skirace in Summer; The 10 Swiss; Bobsled Run in Summer). In 2008, he was nominated for the best Swiss short film. Since 2005, he collaborates with choreographer Amanda Piña with whom he founded nadaproductions where he works as artistic director, dramaturg and performer.
Berlinale 2010 / Sundance 2012 / Sarajevo 2011 / Namur 2011 / Best Swiss Film - Ankara 2010 / Special Mention - Marseille 2011 / Regensburg 2011 / Cork 2011 / Bristol 2011 / Madrid 2011 / Graz 2011 / Hamburg 2011 / Istanbul 2011 / München 2011 / Bergamo 2011 / Kaunas 2011 / Trento 2011 / Solothurn 2011
"The impossible ascent can be the main theme of DANIEL ZIMMERMANN's short film, consisting in one impressive long take from the POV of an unknown character. We never see the daring figure; we only hear him, breathing heavier and heavier as the road passes the village and becomes a dangerous rock with a zero angle inclination. The climber follows a path well-know in ZIMMERMANN's filmography. The Austrian director uses the track made of wooden sticks as a leitmotif in his short films or installations. We need to notice the mis-en-scene in the first part of STICK CLIMBING. Is like a video game where the environment comes to life as the character passes through it. Everything is so pastoral, so cheesy that looks unreal. It looks created for a purpose. We see all the stereotypes of Austrian country life, from the woman in traditional costume and happy people on bicycles to a local celebration, all breathing “the-fresh-air-of-the-Alps”. The second part, which starts in the moment we come face to face with the rock, is the catch of the film, a form of escapism- unexpected, daring and impossible. In the end, even if we might notice the invisible cuts in the long take, the felling as we look back at the village, from far above, is one of relief and pride. It's like saying good-bye to an amusement park." (Andrei Dobrescu, BIEFF 2012)