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The Wall

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Overview

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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"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

“Julian Roman Poelsler imbues his widescreen adaptation of the Marlen Haushofer novel with a certain visual majesty.”

Neil Genzlinger

The New York Times

“Absorbing...a one-woman study of physical and mental survival!”

Farran Smith Nehme

New York Post

“A captivating fable, an end-times scenario that’s more about the survival of the spirit than the body!”

Alan Scherstuhl

Village Voice

“Beautiful and Haunting.”

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

Cast & Crew
  • 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
  • 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
  • Release Date : 05/31/13
  • Countries of Production : Germany, Austria
  • Languages : German, English
  • Running Time : 108 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Collector’s Booklet featuring Photos

Production Notes and Essays with an introduction from director Julian Roman Pölsler

Theatrical and International Trailers

English and German Language Tracks