Avanton Productions produces creative
documentaries, which observe
humanity and the world
around us with a personal
and sensitive touch.

Ruins of the Gaze

Anu Pennanen


Ruins of the Gaze (La ruine du regard) is a documentary film about Europe’s largest shopping centre and metro station complex, the Les Halles in Paris. The complex constitutes a crossroads where different neighbourhoods and suburbs come together and it has been a people’s market, located in the heart of Paris, for centuries. The multiple layers of the film observe the people who spend their time in the area. In addition to this documentary film, the film materials have been used to create a separate architectural installation consisting of five still screens.

Script and directing: Anu Pennanen
Cinematography: Sophie Cadet, Irina Lubchansky
Editing: Anne Lakanen
Sound design and music: Titus Maderlechner
Production: Sonja Lindén, Avanton Production / Julie Paratian, Avenue B, France
Duration: 29′
Completion year: 2011


Festivals and screenings

Kasseler Dokfest Film Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2011


‘La ruine du regard’ Cable Factory Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, 2010
‘DOCU-FICTION’ Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
‘Economy’ CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK, 2013


Kasseler Dokfest Film Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2011
Golden Cube (Prize for Best Media Installation)