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HOMO SAPIENS

Nikolaus Geyrhalter
AT 2016    94'
⚬ Green 

Synopsis

HOMO SAPIENS is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we're gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. HOMO SAPIENS is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present.

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Director

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Producers

Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Executive Producer

Michael Kitzberger

Production Company

Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Cinematography

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Editor

Michael Palm

Sound

Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger, Alexander Koller

Awards

WILD DREAMER AWARD for Best Documentary

SUBVERSIVE FESTIVAL Zagreb 2016

Best Sound Design, Documentary

Diagonale 2016

Festivals

Berlinale 2016

Cinema Du Reel 2016

Docs Against Gravity 2016

HongKong FF 2016

Bafici 2016

DOK.fest Munich 2016

Tel Aviv FF 2016

Message To Man 2016

Sevilla FF 2016

Docville 2016

Edinburgh IFF 2016

DocAviv 2016

Discovery Zone - Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017

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Film Details

Runtime 94'
Production Countries Austria
Resolution 4K

Biography

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Twenty-two years later he formed his own production company: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. He made his first film, EISENERZ, in 1992. Two years later, he shot his first documentary, WASHED ASHORE (1994) it is telling a story about the river Danube and often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (PRIPYAT - 1998), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 KM - 2008), or investigating the production of processed foods (OUR DAILY BREAD - 2005). In 2003 he received Austrian State Award for Film Art and in 2008 his film OUR DAILY BREAD won the Grimme Prize.

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