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THE BORDER FENCE

Nikolaus Geyrhalter
AT 2018    112'
⚬ Society ⚬ Current Affairs & Politics 

Synopsis

A political satire about populism and its absurd consequences. In spring 2016, Austrian politicians fear an onslaught of war refugees via Italy and announce a new border fence. The residents fear the fence just as much as the supposedly threatening alienation of their homeland. At the end of the film, the fence is still curled up in the container, as the feared refugee rush never materialized. 

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Director

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Producers

Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Executive Producer

Markus Glaser

Production Company

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Cinematography

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Editors

Emily Artmann, Gernot Grassl

Sound

Karim Weth

Awards

Best Austrian Documentary Film

Diagonale 2018

VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award

DOK.fest München 2019

Festivals

Diagonale 2018

IDFA 2018 

Trieste Film Festival 2019

KINO - Mostra de Cinema de Expressão Alemã 2019

DocPoint Helsinki 2019

DocPoint Tallinn 2019

Ambulante 2019

ZagrebDox IDFF 2019

One World Prague 2019

One World Romania 2019

CPH:DOX 2019

Docudays 2019

Movies that Matter 2019

Docville IDFF 2019

Trento FF 2019

DokFest München 2019

Documenta Madrid 2019

DocAviv 2019

Krakow FF 2019

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

 

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Film Details

Runtime 112'
Spoken Languages German
Production Countries Austria
Resolution 4K

Biography

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Twenty-two years later he formed his own production company: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. He made his first film, EISENERZ, in 1992. Two years later, he shot his first documentary, WASHED ASHORE (1994) it is telling a story about the river Danube and often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (PRIPYAT - 1998), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 KM - 2008), or investigating the production of processed foods (OUR DAILY BREAD - 2005). In 2003 he received Austrian State Award for Film Art and in 2008 his film OUR DAILY BREAD won the Grimme Prize.

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