Architecture on Film: The Wild Frontier

A vital and absorbing portrait of the Calais ‘jungle’ and its community of displaced migrants. Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval's crucial film treats its epic content with great sensitivity. UK Premiere.


07:00pm, Tuesday, 20 March 2018


10:45pm, Tuesday, 20 March 2018


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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The Wild Frontier [L'Héroïque Lande, La Frontière Brûle] (UK Premiere)

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 at times 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. Through spending time and paying quiet attention the film uniquely reveals and records fragments of the reality and truth of an acute site – physically, politically and psychologically – within the migrant crisis.

As the camp smoulders following its destruction at the film’s conclusion, its residents displaced once again, the heat of the continuing situation lingers; the Jungle revealed as but a chapter in an ongoing epic of global proportions.

France, 2016, Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval, 225 mins