The archives of Chantal Akerman and Paradise Films

Location scouting photos

Pré-production / Photos

Location scouting photos

De l’autre côté

This viewing of De l’autre côté on Arte provides an opportunity to share the filmmaker’s pre-production location scouting pictures of the landmark preserved in the archives, including a great portrait of Robert Fenz, co-cinematographer, coproducer and as first assistant director on the film, who passed away in August.

Chantal Akerman’s characteristically patient, pensive documentary fixes a steely gaze on the desert fortress between Arizona and Mexico, switching between wordless stationary shots – of barren, windswept roadsides or Mexican kicking pebbles at the border wall – and interviews with sheriffs, aggressively fearful locals and relatives of those who didn’t survive the northern passage.

Jessica Winter, The Village Voice, February 19-25, 2003