The Border Fence

Austria | 2018 | documentary | 112 min. Documentary competition

Picturesque and idyllic Tirol has become the stage for the changes occurring in the European Union today. In 2016, the borders between Austria and Italy were closed in order to stop the influx of immigrants from the south. What do the residents of the region on both sides of the border think about it? Avoiding an off-stage commentary, the film director gives voice to policemen, farmers, small businessmen and tourists coming to the Alps. Their accounts reveal a different picture than the one offered by the media or bellowing politicians, the one that complicates the eternal dilemma: security or freedom.

directed by

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Director, scriptwriter, producer and cinematographer. He was born in 1972 in Vienna. In 1994, he founded his production company. As a director, he made his debut in 1992 with the short documentary "Eisenerz". He made, among others "Washed Ashore" (1994), "Pripyat" (1999), "Elsewhere" (2001), "Our Daily Bread" (2005) or "Danube Hospital" (2012). He carries out his documentaries all over the world. He is the winner of many international awards.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Emily Artmann, Gernot Grassl
Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter (NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion)