Across the Border

  • Austria
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Across the Border is a polyglot portrait of ideas about borders at the beginning of the 21st century. In an episodic journey five directors from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, present their view and vision of nation, identity and Europe: By placing their personal cinematographic imprint on multifaceted portraits of their home countries, they open up a broad space for encounters with the strangers next door.

This film has been made at a unique point in history, that of a political re-ordering of Europe. As a result Across the Border is a journey through landscapes and mentalities, and an area which is vanishing and at the same time undergoing a rebirth - a serious, absurd, magical, funny and poetic crash course on new old neighbours.


  • Original title
    Über die Grenze
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pawel Lozinski, Mariusz Gawryś, Jan Gogola ml., Peter Kerekes, Róbert Lakatos, Biljana Cakić-Veselić, Carmen Breznikar
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jacek Piotr Blawut, Vladan Vála, Martin Kollár, György Réder, Janez Kališnik
  • Editing
    Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk, Andrea Pugnerová, Martin Šulík, Ferenc Szabó, Uja Irgolič
  • Sound
    Jerzy Murawski, Jiří Melcher, Peter Gajdoš, Jaroslav Hajda, Tamás Csaba, Marjan Cimperman, Uja Irgolič
  • Duration
    131 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
      • Hildebrandgasse 26
      • A-1180 Vienna
      • Austria
      • tel: +43 1 40 30 162
      • fax: +43 1 40 30 162
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