Ten Meter Tower

Now that we're finally getting a glimpse at summer over here, it's about time to get prepared to hit the pool anytime soon. Or would you? “Ten Meter Tower“ is a short film by Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck for Plattform Produktion, which was already screened at Sundance and the Berlinale to great success... and it's actually almost impossible to not like it, since it reveals a lot about human behaviour.
“Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about to participate — which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to climb back down as the ones jumping. In our films, which we often call studies, we want to portray human behavior, rather than tell our own stories about it. We hope the result is a series of meaningful references, in the form of moving images. “Ten Meter Tower” may take place in Sweden, but we think it elucidates something essentially human, that transcends culture and origins. Overcoming our most cautious impulses with bravery unites all humankind. It’s something that has shaped us through the ages.“ (Forty)