Die Bauliche Maßnahme
The Border Fence
Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Austria / 2018 / 112 min / Colour
A barrier should have been built at the Brenner Pass, on the border with Austria. In the spring of 2016, the Austrian government declared that it wanted to erect a fence on the border, in the Alps, in order to monitor the migration flow from Italy, at the closure of the Balkan routes. After two years, the dreaded invasion has not yet occurred and the fence lies stored in the containers, unused, while the migrant registration center that was built has never entered into operation. In a country that traces borders and tensions, politics and the media are far from understanding the global phenomena that Europe is undergoing. The director Nikolaus Geyrhalter brings his camera to the valleys and the towns, framing the landscapes and the faces of the inhabitants, listening to their voices without ever judging their fears and hopes, in the shadow of a spectre that is late in manifesting itself. A border region thus becomes the mirror of an increasingly politically divided Europe. In the shadow of the Alps, the long shots of Geyrhalter's camera reveal an increasingly urgent debate on the state of Europe.
Born in Vienna in 1972, at the age of only twenty-two he founded his production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. His debut behind the camera was in 1992, with Eisenerz. In 1994 he directed Angeschwemmt, a documentary in which he walks the Danube through the lives and gazes of the people who live on its banks. His works, distinguished by a particular directorial style, have won numerous international awards.
Format HDSubject Nikolaus GeyrhalterCinematography Nikolaus GeyrhalterSound Karim Weth, Alexander KollerEditing Emily Artmann, Gernot GrasslProducer Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus GeyrhalterProduction company NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH