The Border Fence
A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A 2018, 112 min.
Brenner Pass, Alpine border, spring 2016: the Austrian government announces the construction of a border fence, expecting a shift of the refugee routes to Italy after the Balkan route is closed. The residents fear the fence just as much as the supposedly threatening influx of foreigners to their homeland.
Two years later, the fence is still rolled up in a container, as the inrush of refugees never occurred.
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.
(Alejandro Bachmann, Diagonale)
Director & Photography:
Assistant director & Research:
Sound & Camera assistance:
NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
With support of:
Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Kultur
Grand Diagonale Prize Documentary: Best Austrian Documentary Film, Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2018)
Viktor dok.deutsch, DOK.fest München (2019)
Jury Prize, Trento Film Festival (2019)
07.09.2018 Cinema Release in Austria
IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Competition, 2018
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, 2018
Festival on Wheels, Ankara, 2018
Trieste Film Festival, 2018
DocPoint. Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, 2019
Tallinna Dokumentaal-Filmide Festival, 2019
Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico City, 2019