The Border

The Border  {Hranica}
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The Border
Hranica
Slovakia, 2009, 72 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Documentary, Drama, History, Human Rights, Seniors
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Slovak and Hungarian English Sub-Titles

Awards: Best East Documentary, 2009 Jihlava FF

On August 30, 1946, the Soviet army divided the eastern European village of Slemence into two parts One part, Velké Slemence, remained in Slovakia (the former Czechoslovakia); the other part was renamed Malé Slemence and became a part of Ukraine (in the former Soviet Union). The absurdly demarcated border, similar to the infamous Berlin Wall, ran through the middle of the village dividing families, properties, even the cemetery. Now, more than 60 years later, reunification of the Ukrainian and Slovak parts of the village remains a distant dream as a new, modern border post guards the territory of the European Union.

Made over seven years, The Border shows how political decisions made on paper can have disastrous consequences on the ground. Absurdly, the inhabitants of Malé Slemence must travel 150 km to a bigger Ukrainian city to get a visa to visit the other side. Now mostly elderly, some prefer to call to their brethren across the fence to pass on the latest news about weddings and funerals.

DIRECTOR: Jaroslav Vojtek
Producer: Mario Homolka, David Corba
Editor: Maros Slapeta, Zuzana Cséplo
Screenwriter: Marek Les ák, Jaroslav Vojtek
Cinematographer: Tomas Stanek
Music: Peter Groll
Principal Cast: Peter Lizák, Tibor Tóth, Stefan Tóth, Pál Bocsársky
Filmography: Back Passing (2008), Journey Into Dreams (2006), Here We Are (2005), Crazy Man (2003), Fish Tank (2001)
Print Source: LEON Productions - www.leonproductions.sk


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