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The Walk
Archived: The Walk (2015)

director: Robert Zemeckis

composer: Alan Silvestri
With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, a.o.

duration: 100 minutes
Film Fest Gent - The Walk

So far, as many as a dozen people have set foot on the moon, but only one man - French high-wire artist Philippe Petit - has ever walked across the gaping chasm where once the Twin Towers stood in New York. For over forty-five minutes, he performed dizzying antics on an illegally suspended wire - about four hundred metres above the streets of Manhattan and without a safety net or harness. Robert Zemeckis, the brains behind 'Back to the Future', brings the story of the French daredevil back to life in 'The Walk'. A-list star Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays the man who was arrested in 1974 for what would go down in history as the artistic crime of the century. Together with his mentor Papa Rudy (played by Ben Kingsley) and a group of accomplices, they overtook the Twin Towers in a manner reminiscent of a major bank robbery. As they watched Philippe dance between heaven and earth, the police were waiting for him on the ground, ready to arrest him. With the help of pioneering 3D technology and visual effects that only really come to life on the biggest screen you can get, this biographical adventure really manages to scale the heights. Far more than being a truly visually stunning film, 'The Walk' is also a thrilling homage to superhuman daring, the pursuit of the impossible, Paris and New York of the seventies, and - last but not least - the WTC towers themselves.


director: Robert Zemeckis
composer: Alan Silvestri
producer: Robert Zemeckis
screenplay: Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Browne & Philippe Petit (book "To Reach The Clouds")
Editor: Jeremiah O'Driscoll
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski
sound: Randy Thom

production company: ImageMovers

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: United States of America
year: 2015

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ROBERT ZEMECKIS (1951): The Lift (1972, short), A Field of Honor (1973, short), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Beath Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), Thir13en Ghosts (2001), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009), Flight (2012), The Walk (2015).

Technical Specs

format: DCP-3D
frame: 1:2,35

Other festival films by director Robert Zemeckis

2015:Back to the Future Trilogy
1994:Forrest gump
1985:Back to the future


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