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Triumph Of The Wall (2012)

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"Triumph Of The Wall - is a film about expectations. It's the story of two guys who embarked on an eight-week journey - eight years later they are still trying to figure out how to finish what they started..."
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About the Film

TRIUMPH OF THE WALL takes viewers through the insane and passionate journeys of two artists questioning the unexpectedly massive undertaking of their chosen "art" projects; reminding us all that sometimes art (and life) are as much about the process than they are about the finished product.


As fascinating as it is meditative as it is hilarious. TRIUMPH OF THE WALL is a documentary film that begins as a chronicle of the construction of a 1000-foot dry-stone wall by a novice builder on a large property in rural Quebec. The builder, Chris Overing, sets out on September 11th, 2001 to complete the stone structure within eight weeks. The filmmaker, Bill Stone conceived of this film as a straightforward telling of this laborious yet creative task, but both projects evolved into something altogether different.


Almost immediately, the neophyte stonemason realizes he has woefully underestimated the time and energy required to complete his task. After years of frustration, filming is wrapped. At that moment the wall is less than two-thirds complete. During the preceding eight years, Bill 's expectations for his film project unravelled as Chris' expectation for his building project were challenged and revised. During this process, their respective artistic projects confront them like monstrous children grown out of proportion, threatening their sense of personal identity and their sense of creative effectiveness.

Film Details


  • DIRECTER BY:   Bill Stone
  • PRODUCERS:   Frederic Bohbot and Bill Stone
  • WRITER:   Bill Stone
  • EDITORS:   Carl Freed and Bill Stone
  • COMPOSERS:   Julie Theriault, Mikael Tobias, Eric Harding Trio
  • OTHER MUSIC: J.S.Bach, Francois Carrier, Erik Friedlander, W.A. Mozart, Rachel's Band, Max Richter, Speedhair, Stars of the Lid et Zombie Death Machine
  • DISTRIBUTED BY:   Bunbury Films (International) ; Kino Smith (Canada) and First Run Features (USA).
  • Produced in association with:   Super Channel
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Press Reviews

  • Usually when someone tells you a movie, or anything for that matter, doubles as a "metaphor for life," it's a cue to roll your eyes. Here's an exception,a low-key film with emotional heft... (3.5 Stars) Icon Magazine »
  • Five Questions with Triumph of the Wall Director Bill Stone... Filmmaker Magazine »
  • Radio commentary -- Le film est absolument fascinant parce qu'il est porté par la réflection du cinéaste qui a dû réfléchir à sa vie ... - Premiere Chaine de Radio Canada I Samedi et rien d'autre I Chroniqueur Michel Coulombe
  • Triumph of the Wall se transforme vite en réflection poético-humoristico-philosophique sur ce qui nous pousse à mettre en branle certains projets et à s'y tenir ... - Cinéflic »
  • A rambling, charming documentary about life and a wall -- What happens when you commit to something? The Triumph of the Wall is an esoteric, existential documentary about life, the universe and a guy trying to build a 1,000-foot dry stone wall... (3.5 Stars) - Montreal Gazette »
  • Le sens de la vie -- Bill Stone se met à filmer la construction d'un mur de pierres sèches entreprise par un type qu'il a croisé quelques jours auparavant, Chris Overing ... (4 Stars) - Voir Montreal »
  • Le triomphe du mur, un documentaire de Bill Stone -- C'est le cauchemar de tout cinéaste : perdre le contrôle de son film. Une épreuve qui se révèle au final bénéfique ... - Journal Metro »
  • Wall and Chain - - Chris Overing is not quite Sisyphus, but a couple of years into his project of building a stone wall you have to wonder what he's being punished for ... - »
  • Director Bill Stone goes up against a wall - - When Bill Stone, a Montreal cinematographer and editor, decided to try his hand at directing a documentary, he didn't know what he was getting himself into ... - »
  • "Un mur au RIDM - Quand un film est-il achevé? Dans la grande majorité des cas, lorsque son intrigue est résolue..."
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  • "Interview with Bill Stone "  -  RIDM

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