The Border Fence

  • Austria 
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A documentary about populism and its absurd consequences.

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.


  • Original Title
    Die bauliche Maßnahme
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Editing
    Emily Artmann, Gernot Grassl
  • Sound
    Karim Weth
  • Runtime
    112 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • IDFA 2018
    • Diagonale 2018
    • Ambulante FF 2018
    • Trieste Film Festival 2019
    • KINO - Mostra de Cinema de Expressão Alemã 2019
  • Awards
    • Best Austrian Documentary Film @ Diagonale 2018
    • VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award @ DOK.fest München 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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