Berlinale  2012: Ecumenical jury honors Julian Pölsler's THE WALL


Julian Pölsler’s adaptation of Marlen Haushofer’s successful1960s novel The Wall with Martina Gedeck’s outstanding solo performance as a woman who finds herself cut off from civilisation by an invisible wall and who has to find a way to survive in complete solitude and communion with nature was awarded the Panorama prize by the Berlinale’s ecumenical jury.

The Wall by Julian Roman Pölsler (coop99 filmproduktion, Starhaus Filmproduktion (D))
with: Martina Gedeck

A woman wakes up one morning in a cabin in the mountains and finds herself surrounded by an invisible and inpenetrable wall, behind which there is apparently no more life. With a dog, a cow and a cat she meets the challenges of her new life.

supported by Austrian Film Institute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund, Land Oberösterreich

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The Berlinale ecumenical jury:
Since 1992, the international film organisations of the Protestant and Catholic Churches - INTERFILM and SIGNIS - have been represented by the Ecumenical Jury. It consists of six members and awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It also awards two other prizes, both worth 2,500 Euros, one to a film from the Panorama and one to a film in the Forum.
The prizes go to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values.