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The Wild Frontier (L'Héroïque Lande, La Frontière Brûle) (15*)

Architecture on Film

A still from Kroltz and Perceval's portrait of Calais' "Jungle"

The Wild Frontier presents a highly sensitive portrait of the now demolished Calais ‘jungle’ and its community of displaced migrants.

Through observing and residing within the sprawl, systems and life of the temporary city for up to 12,000 people – paying intimate attention to a selection of its residents’ lives, experiences, aspirations and journeys – filmmakers Klotz and Perceval offer a film of witness and solidarity composed through pure and vital cinema.

“Our lives and our ways of looking at things are so stifled by information and its instant propagation that we can no longer see what’s real. That stifled state has become our reality.”
- Nicolas Klotz

The absorbing film’s cameras frame rather than dictate the camp’s actuality, presenting its residents not within a spectacle of suffering, but as the agents of a temporary community living on the border between Europe and elsewhere; a territory of uncertainty, pragmatism, hope and invention. The film uniquely reveals and records fragments of the reality and truth of an acute site – physically, politically and psychologically – within the migrant crisis.

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France 2017 Dirs Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval 225 min

Architecture on Film is curated by The Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Barbican.

*This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre


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