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Borderline (Grenze)

Borderline
Scene from "Borderline" (photo © Hoferichter & Jacobs)

Borderline is the story of four former border guards, who served their military duty on the inner-German border seventeen years ago. Until now, none of them has ventured to discuss the most formative period of their youth. Now the four meet again at their former guard post. Of the four-thousand kilometer border, only their sentry area remains - three hundred meters of the Wall, observation towers, and signal fencing. An absurd coincidence?

Borderline is a journey deep into the souls of the protagonists, a journey back in time to this eerily preserved scene of action. And it is the story of a fifth guard, who saw the writing on the walls, and tried to flee social pressure and the reason of the state.


Holger Jancke was born in Berlin in 1966. In 1987, he began work as a researcher, assistant director, dramaturgist and author in the DEFA documentary film studio. Parallel to this, he made his own underground films and videos. Since 1990, he has written film reviews for the press, including for the taz and Berliner Zeitung. Also active as a writer, a selection of his films includes: Traeume und Traenen (2000), Das Bankett (2001), and Borderline (Grenze, 2004).
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2004
Director Holger Jancke
Screenplay Holger Jancke
Cinematography Peter Badel
Dagmar Dick
Producer Olaf Jacobs
Production Company Hoferichter & Jacobs/Berlin
Length 79 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Perspectives German Cinema)
With backing from BKM, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Thueringen, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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