Crossing Borders / Ritt über die Grenze / Rit over de grens
1994: fiction, black and white, 35 mm, 94 min (DVD available)

”'Road movie annex feature about a restless German girl Nele who lives with her dog in an old caravan on the edge of Amsterdam. Wherever Nele goes, she feels something is missing, so she moves on in search of it. The minute she settles down in Amsterdam with her dog Arako and her home on wheels is furnished, she becomes restless about her happy situation and packs up once more. She starts her trip to Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Ostfriesland, and then back again to Amsterdam.'Nele seeks the meaning of life by reconnoitiring its borders. In this way the film serves to clarify the impossibility of life for young people who have no work and hence no money. From Neles perspective, neither Germany nor Holland has anything to offer her. This makes her a representative of the Nix generation, portrayed here in its most extreme form. “Rosemarie Blank has made several films juxtaposing fact and fiction. This makes herself a crosser of borders. Her films can always be traced back to this theme.” (Dutch Film 1995.)

Director: Rosemarie Blank
Script: Rosemarie Blank
Editing: Rosemarie Blank, Mara Loytved-Hardegg
Sound: Klaus Klingler, Jac Vleeshouwers
Production: Casafilm Rosemarie Blank & Wüste Film Hamburg, Stefan Schubert, & ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Sibylle Hubatschek-Rahn
Release: International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Filmfestival Hof
Distribution: Filmmuseum Amsterdam & Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek
  • 1994 Golden Calf for the best director at the Dutch-Film-Festival
  • City award from Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, 1994
  • Special award of the 13e Festival d'Annonay 1996 (France)
 

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