The Croatian director takes aim at yet another makeshift border dividing Europe, pointing to a problem that has arisen quietly in contrast to the pomp and attention generated by Trump's wall.
The protagonist of the film by Croatian director Tiha K Gudac is a fence. A razor wire fence built by the Slovenian government to prevent refugees from entering Europe, destroying the beautiful landscape around the Kupa River. The fence has caused a collapse in tourist activity and a whole host of other problems. The region has become an arena for far-right nationalists, human rights activists, politicians, police and border guards, migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. The aggressive barrier has become a symbol of the ugliness and darkness of contemporary society's past. There is so much suffering on one side and joyful marathons on the other. The director depicts a disturbed place torn apart by a sharp metal fence. What is European about it? Nothing, someone says blankly. The way things are going, however, such a statement might not be entirely true. The Wire is part of a larger project, a collection of six documentaries (The Borderline Collection) focusing on similar borders in Europe.
Tiha K. Gudac
75 min mins
Frederik Nikolai, Eric Goossens, koproducenti: Ljubo Zdjelarević, Iva Tkalec, Viva Videnović, Karl-Emil Rikardsen, Lukas Trimonis
Off World (BE), koprodukcija: Kinoteka (HR), Relation 04 Media (NO), Inscript (LT), Urgh! (SI)
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