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Die bauliche Maßnahme
The Border Fence
In concentric circles starting from the driveable border of the Brenner, The Border Fence measures the surroundings that were the scene of a shift in inner-European policy. At the same time, the space describes itself through Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s typically precise long shots and in extended talks with police officers, locals, hikers, farmers, innkeepers and toll collectors. What arises in an extremely small space is the full diversity of voices expressing individual political attitudes on a topic that affects Europe and is visible at the Brenner.
|Editing:||Emily Artmann, Gernot Grassl|
|Producers:||Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter|
|Awards (selection):||Best Austrian Documentary Film (Graz/Diagonale), Jury Award (Trento), VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award (Munich)|
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«In a global context, fences don't solve anything.»
The Austrian government's announcement that it would set up a fence at the Brenner border crossing to ensure refugees didn't stream into the country through Italy prompted Nikolaus Geyrhalter to set off for Tyrol, to capture the creation of this defensive edifice in THE BORDER FENCE.
Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s THE BORDER FENCE competes at IDFA
The Austrian film year ends with a film about frontiers – on the political agenda, in everyday life, in our minds ... Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s accurate observation THE BORDER FENCE is part of the 31st IDFA main competition. Also screening in Amsterdam: THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by Ruth Beckermann in the Masters selection and Amsterdam Human Rights Award Nominee CHAOS by Sara Fattahi in Best of Fests and Main Focus Program.
DEMOCRACY LTD by Robert Schabus at CPH DOX
Robert Schabus examines the question why populist politicians meet with such strong resonance in European democracies. His new film DEMOCRACY LTD celebrates its world premiere as a contender in the F:ACT Award competition and as opening film of the focus on Europe. Also screening in Copenhagen: THE BORDER FENCE by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, SEA OF SHADOWS by Richard Ladkani.
THE BORDER FENCE awarded in Munich and Trento
Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s clairvoyant essay about borders, portraying residents living close to the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy has garnered the Jury Prize at the Trento Festival and the VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award at the DOK.fest München.