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Walked the Way Home

Walked the Way Home
Director: Eric Baudelaire

France, 2018, documentary, 27 mins., no dialogue, V

The film is based on observations of the growing presence of armed soldiers in the urban space of various European cities as a result of terrorist attacks. The soldiers, filmed from varying angles, are shown immediately next to civilians, so that the contrast between the two groups of persons stands out clearly, creating a surreal atmosphere. Baudelaire employs slow motion and for the soundtrack of the video uses a disturbing composition by Rome-based American pianist and composer Alvin Curran, also the title is inspired by a Curran piece from 1973. Baudelaire made his first observations of military presence in the urban space on his way home from his studio in Paris and continued these observations in Rome.

About the director

Eric Baudelaire is a visual artist and filmmaker. His recent feature films Letters to Max (2014), The Ugly One (2013) and The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images (2011) were selected at the FIDMarseille, Locarno, Toronto, New York and Rotterdam film festivals. His research-based practice also includes printmaking, photography and publications which have been shown in installations alongside his films in solo exhibitions at the Fridericianum in Kassel, Bétonsalon in Paris, the Bergen Kunsthall, the Beirut Art Center, Gasworks in London, La Synagogue de Delme in France and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has participated in the Seoul Biennal and Yokohama Triennal in 2014, the Taipei Biennial, Berlin Documentary Forum 2, La Triennale in Paris, and the Baltic Triennial of International Art in 2012. His work is included in the collections of MACBA in Barcelona, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Screenplay: Eric Baudelaire

Dir. of Photography: Eric Baudelaire

Producer: Poulet-Malassis (Eric Baudelaire)