Austria, 2012, 108 Minute Running Time
Topic: Science Fiction
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: German English Sub-Titles
Awards: Berlin: Won prize of the ecumenical Jury for Polsler
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 Pölsler’s dystopian drama.
Set in the Austrian Alps and stunningly shot (by nine credited cinematographers) 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.
A PSIFF pick last year that has now been selected as Austria’s nominee for the Best Foreign Language film, "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.
"Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish. Intensely cinematic. Gedeck's performance is phenomenal."
- Jonathan Romney, Screen International
DIRECTOR: Julian Pölsler
Producer: Wasiliki Bleser, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Rainer Kölmel, Martin Gschlach
Editor: Bettina Mazakarini, Natalie Schwager, Thomas Kohler, Ton Uve Haussig, Gregor Kienel, Markus Kathrine
Screenwriter: Julian Pölsler
Cinematographer: J. R. P. Altmann, Christian Berger, Markus Fraunholz, Martin Gschlacht, Bernhard Keller, Helmut Pirn
Music: Uwe Kirbach
Principal Cast: Martina Gedeck
Filmography: Anna and the Prince (2009)
Bella Block (2007)
Daniel Käfer and die Schattenuhr (2006)
Daniel Käfer und die Villen der Frau Hürsch (2005)
Print Source: Music Box