Austria, 2011, 108 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German English Sub-Titles
Rarely does cinema use the most powerful tools at its disposal – especially its ability to conjure up unique visual worlds and make them real via an articulate script and a spectacular performance – with the authority on display in Julian Roman Pölsler’s dystopian drama. Set in the Austrian Alps and stunningly shot to take full advantage of the locations, Pölsler’s film imagines a post-apocalyptic universe in which a lone Woman (Martina Gedeck from The Lives of Others) is confined to a solitary Alpine existence by a bizarre, semi-invisible wall separating her from the (possibly uninhabited) outside world. Caught in this existential trap, she endures, relating her story via insightful and deeply unsettling narration.
The Wall is a riveting experience for many reasons, but most obviously for Gedeck’s outstanding performance in a role both physically and psychically demanding. Her voice heard almost exclusively in voiceover, Gedeck has to convey her character’s daily emotional and material challenges without recourse to speech. She does so brilliantly and her muscular performance ranks as one of the best of the year.
DIRECTOR: Julian Roman Pölsler
Producer: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Rainer Kölmel, Wasiliki Bleser
Editor: Thomas Kohler, Bettina Mazakarini
Screenwriter: Julian Pölsler
Cinematographer: Markus Fraunholz, Martin Gschlacht, Bernhard Keller, Helmut Pirnat , Hans Selikovsky, Richard Wagner
Music: Uwe Kirbach
Principal Cast: Martina Gedeck
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Music Box Films - www.musicboxfilms.com
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