Borderline

Frederik Nicolai. Anna Savchenko, Tiha Gudec

Info

a film by Frederik Nicolai, Anna Savchenko, Tiha Gudec, Marianne
Hougen-Moraga, in co-production with VRT-Canvas (BE), Kinoteka
(Croatia), Wagner Docs (DK), All Film (Est) and Centralafilm (Pl), with support from VAF | MEDIA

The Borderline series takes us on a journey through fascinating places in Europe where borders have more confronting significance, then just the dotted lines we see on maps. Borderline explores how the concept of borders intrude the reality we live in, the way we see and explain ourselves and the rest of the world, the way we define ‘the other’.

Director

Isabelle Tollenaere (°1984, Ghent, Belgium) is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design and has made several short films, the latest being 'Viva Paradis' (2011). Her work has been shown at Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), IDFA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), CPH:DOX (Kopenhagen, Denmark), FID Marseille (France), EMAF (Osnabrück, Germany), EXiS (Seoul, South-Korea), New Horizons (Wroclaw, Poland), and Underdox, München (DE) among others. Currently she is working on her first feature docu- m!entary film 'Journey into Noblivion', to be released end of 2014 - early 2015.

Sofie Benoot (°1985, Bruges, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Her graduation film project Fronterismo (2007) won the VAF Wild Card Award at the Leuven International Film Festival and has been widely exhibited at international film festivals. Togheter with Blue Meridian (2010) her documentaries have been played at Cinéma du réel (Paris, France) DocsDf (Mexico D.F, Mexico), Leeds international Film Festival (Leeds, United Kingdom), Torino Film Festival (Torino, Italy) Margaret Mead Film Festival New York (US) BAFICI Buenos Aires (AR) Doclisboa Lisboa (PT) and art institutions such as Argos and Beursschouwbourg in Brussels. De- s!ert Haze will be her newest documentary, expected release in spring 2014.

Liesbeth De Ceulaer (°1985, Diest, Belgium) is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design where she made several short films. Her graduation film ‘The Best Act on the Isle’ (2008) has been shown on film festivals in Europe and the U.S. Liesbeth’s first feature documentary ‘Behind the Redwood Curtain’ had its premiere at Docville 2013, the International documentary film festival of Belgium, where it won the prize for Best Belgian Documentary. Since then the film has shown at different film festivals, theaters and art institutions in Europe and the U.S. Currently Liesbeth is working on her second feature documentary f!ilm ‘MAMMOTH’.

Ever since college Benoot, De Ceulaer and Tollenaere remain closely envolved in eachothers work; ex- changing ideas and assisting eachother during research and shooting of their films. They have become ac- customed to work and travel together, since collaborating on several of their films has brought them to various corners of the old and the new continent. However