Philip Cartelli | USA, France 2021 | 80 Min. | OmeU

18.05. | 7:30pm
Votiv Kino, Gr. Saal | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

© Slow Return

From the port of Salin-de-Giraud, the journey begins upstream along the Rhone to its spring in the Swiss Alps. Up there, people are fighting against glacial melt with protective cloth, while tourists make their way into the glacier. Further down the mountain, a wooden pole marks the glacier’s position in 1874. Today, a hotel is located there.

SLOW RETURN builds a narrative arc between both ends of the Rhone and explores the common heritage of dependence and exploitation that is embedded in the landscape.

Director: Philip Cartelli (he/him)
Camera: Philip Cartelli
Editing: Mariangela Ciccarello (she/her)
Sound: Kevin T. Allen (he/him)
Color: Natacha Ikoli (she/her)
Production: Philip Cartelli, Nusquam


2021 Visions du Réel, Burning Lights International Competition
2021 Athens Ethnographic Film Festival
2022 Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France
2022 Festival international Jean Rouch


Philip Cartelli’s film and video work has been exhibited at Locarno Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, FID Marseille, and Film at Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real, among other venues. A former member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab, he currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at Wagner College in New York City. Slow Return is his first feature film.