The Border Fence
German Film Festival 2019

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 typical extremely 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 on the Brenner.
Text: Austrian Film Commission

“... ‘The Border Fence’ gives us hope by showing that, at least in some places in Europe, normal, decent people do not blindly fall victim to populist propaganda and stand up for values that the EU was built on in the first place.”

- Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

Film Details

Austria, 2018

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Screenplay: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Cinematography: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Editor: Emily Artmann
Producers: Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Duration: 112 mins
Language: German with English subtitles
Rating: exempt


Awards (selection)

Best Austrian Documentary Film (Graz/Diagonale 2018), Jury Award (Trento 2019)


New Plymouth, Len Lye Centre: 23 August, 6:30pm
Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 24 August, 3:00pm
Christchurch, Lumière Cinemas: 31 August, 3:30pm
Wellington, Light House Cinema Cuba: 5 September, 6:15pm
Auckland, Academy Cinemas: 13 September, 6:00pm


This film is proudly supported by the Embassy of Austria in Canberra.

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