The Wall

"Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish." - Screen International

The Wall

The Wall

About the Film

Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film The Lives Of Others, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing.  Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence.  Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous classic novel, The Wall is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world.


Starring: Martina Gedeck
Director: Julian Roman Pölsler

Reactions

"Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish. Intensely cinematic. Gedeck's performance is phenomenal." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International

“Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty.” - Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

“Absorbing...a one-woman study of physical and mental survival!” - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“A captivating fable, an end-times scenario that’s more about the survival of the spirit than the body!” - Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

“Beautiful and Haunting.” - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice


Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Cast & Crew

Cast

The Woman: Martina Gedeck
Luise: Ulrike Beimpold
Hugo: Karlheinz Hackl
Mann: Wolfgang M. Bauer
Keuschlerin (elderly woman): Julia Gschnitzer
Keuschler (elderly man): Hans-Michael Rehberg

 

Crew

Director: Julian Roman Pölsler
Writers: Marlen Haushofer (novel), Julian Roman Pölsler (screen adaptation) 
Producers: Wasiliki Bleser, Rainer Kölmel, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Cinematography: Markus Fraunholz, Martin Gschlacht, Bernhard Keller, Helmut Pirnat, Hans Selikovsky, Richi Wagner
Production: Starhaus Filmproduktion, coop99

Technical Info

Production Year: 2012
Countries of Production: Germany, Austria
Languages: English, German
Running Time: 1h 48m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: yes

Theaters

New York
New York
5/31/13
Los Angeles
California
6/14/13
Encino
California
6/14/13
Pasadena
California
6/14/13
Portland
Oregon
6/14/13
Irvine
California
6/28/13
Palm Desert
California
6/28/13
Chicago
Illinois
7/5/13
Coral Gables
Florida
7/26/13
Santa Fe
New Mexico
7/26/13
Boca Raton
Florida
8/2/13
Seattle
Washington
8/16/13
Washington D.C.
Virginia
8/23/13
Bloomington
Indiana
9/13/13
Cleveland
Ohio
9/13/13
Detroit
Michigan
9/13/13
Boston
Massachusetts
9/18/13

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Reactions

"Riveting and emotionally involving from start to finish. Intensely cinematic. Gedeck's performance is phenomenal." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International

“Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty.” - Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

“Absorbing...a one-woman study of physical and mental survival!” - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“A captivating fable, an end-times scenario that’s more about the survival of the spirit than the body!” - Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

“Beautiful and Haunting.” - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice


Detailed Film Info

Martina Gedeck, star of the Academy Award®-winning film The Lives Of Others, brings a vivid intensity to this mysterious and riveting tale of survival set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. In a tour-de-force performance, Gedeck stars as an unnamed character who suddenly finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall inexplicably surrounds the countryside where she is vacationing.  Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. As she grapples with her bizarre circumstances, she begins an inward journey of spiritual growth and transcendence.  Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous classic novel, The Wall is a gorgeous, mesmerizing adventure film that raises profound questions about humanity, solitude, and our relationship to the natural world.


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