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The Wall -- 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.
The Wall -- A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.
The Wall -- 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.


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Marlen Haushofer (novel)
Julian Pölsler (adaptation)
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11 October 2012 (Germany) See more »
Inside everyone lies a truth only the wilderness can reveal.
A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Wall: The ‘Unfilmable’ Novel, in Ravishing Detail
 (From Keyframe. 15 August 2014, 6:29 AM, PDT)

Film Review: 'The Wall'
 (From CineVue. 8 July 2013, 2:35 AM, PDT)

BFI London Film Festival 2012 – ‘The Wall’
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Martina Gedeck ... Woman

Karlheinz Hackl ... Hugo (as Karl Heinz Hackl)
Ulrike Beimpold ... Luise
Julia Gschnitzer ... Cottager
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Cottager
Wolfgang M. Bauer ... Man

Directed by
Julian Pölsler 
Writing credits
Marlen Haushofer (novel)

Julian Pölsler (adaptation)

Produced by
Wasiliki Bleser .... producer
Jimmy C. Gerum .... line producer
Rainer Kölmel .... producer
Antonin Svoboda .... producer
Bruno Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Bernd Jungmair 
Cinematography by
Markus Fraunholz 
Martin Gschlacht 
Bernhard Keller 
Helmut Pirnat 
Hans Selikovsky 
Richard Wagner  (as Richi Wagner)
Film Editing by
Thomas Kohler 
Bettina Mazakarini 
Production Design by
Enid Löser 
Hajo Schwarz 
Costume Design by
Ingrid Leibezeder 
Makeup Department
Katharina Erfmann .... makeup artist
Katharina Grethlein .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Bruno Wagner .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irene Iversen .... assistant director
Art Department
Rainer Auinger .... property master: indoor
Laura Biemann .... property master: indoor
Peter Hofmann .... property master: outdoor
Enid Löser .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Max Bauer .... foley artist
Matthieu Belohradsky .... sound re-recording assistant
Christian Bischoff .... sound re-recording mixer
Normann Büttner .... foley editor
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Magda Habernickel .... dialogue editor
Uwe Haussig .... sound
Achim Hofmann .... sound effects editor
Michael Karl Huber .... project coordinator sound: post production
Gregor Kienel .... sound
Nils Kirchhoff .... dialogue editor
Thomas Poetz .... adr recordist
Marcel Spisak .... sound designer
Alexander Würtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Aulinger .... digital compositor (as Benjamin Kaczorek)
Yves Bischoff .... visual effects artist
Philipp Danner .... digital effects artist
Yvonne Hoffmann .... visual effects artist
Marie Kister .... digital artist
Nina Knott .... visual effects producer
David Laubsch .... digital compositor
Rosa Niclas .... pre-vis artist
Marco Pelzel .... visual effects supervisor
Abraham Schneider .... vfx supervisor: ARRI
Frank Wegerhoff .... visual effects
Florian Werzinski .... cg artist
Adina Wernstedt .... digital paint artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Aubry .... key grip
Jakob Ballinger .... gaffer
Sebastian Dengler .... key grip
Daniel Götsch .... electrician
Gerald Helf .... first assistant camera
Emil Kaczur .... key grip
Thomas Maier .... steadicam operator
Manuel Nevosad .... best boy
Andreas Pölzl .... first assistant camera
Gerhard Riesenhuber .... digital imaging technician
Simon Selikovsky .... first assistant camera
Thomas Tröger .... second assistant camera
Nino Volpe .... first assistant camera
Manuel Wenger .... red camera supervisor
Wolfram Wuinovic .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Simon Duschl .... digital intermediate engineer
Andreas Hennicke .... assistant editor
Manfred Turek .... lead colorist
Music Department
Uwe Kirbach .... music supervisor
Other crew
Petra Maier .... set manager
Berit Norrenberg .... legal advisor
Natalie Schwager .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Die Wand" - Austria (original title)
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108 min
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Official submission of Austria to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When she goes to bed for the first night, it's dark outside. Later she explains she went to bed at 9pm on this May day. It's nowhere near dark at 9pm in that region, especially with DST.See more »


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A lesson in landscape cinematography, if little else, 21 March 2015
Author: dholliday from Berlin

My first instinct after Die Wand had finished was to dismiss it as self-indulgent rubbish and give it a 3/10, whereas halfway through I was nicely into it where it probably deserved a 7. So halfway-house it is then.

What went wrong? After the mysterious setup of the invisible wall, and two excellent early scenes involving frozen neighbours and a car, the story winds down into solipsistic musing about the oneness of nature, which can be quite interesting. A monologue describing how the forest's thoughts are becoming one with her own was profound, putting into words something some of us may have felt from time to time.

Near the end there is a disappointing dramatic incident which feels contrived, and even then the story syncs back into its stoic pace: ultimately leaving us entirely underwhelmed. It must also be said that we (watching together with my partner) needed 3 evenings to get through the whole film, having had to break it up into three shorter parts as we always fell sleepy.

Regarding characterisation, it's typical of modern melancholic German drama: stark, sparse, stoic and frankly too monotone for the viewer to achieve much sentimental connection.

Recommended if:

- you appreciate landscape cinematography filmed in the still-picture style. Almost every picture is a keeper.

- you are interested in an oblique story about a woman's necessary connection with animals and nature, away from everything else.

- you enjoy a really slow pace, with many long scenes where literally nothing happens other than inviting the viewer to soak up the atmosphere.

- you prefer to objectively identify a film's strengths rather than subjectively enjoy the ride.

- you have trouble getting to sleep.

Not recommended if:

- you're tired of bland characterisation and dull pacing in German film.

- you're expecting a sci-fi/supernatural mystery.

- you like some kind of real-world explanation.

- you prefer the camera work to offer more variety than the still-picture style.

- you don't enjoy encrypting metaphor.

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