Little Roxie Sun, Sep 29, 2019 3:45 PM
Film Info
Director:Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Producer:Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Year of Production:2019
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Topic:Big Business
Powers of Ten
Running Time:115 min.


Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria’s eminent documentary filmmaker, observes people in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet. Finite resources are ripped from the earth with disregard of the long-term consequences. Humanity’s dramatic impact on the physical state of our home planet is highlighted by Geyrhalter’s artistic excellence and breathtaking cinematography, shown through the eyes of men who move mountains for a living.


"Geyrhalter proves again that he is a unique figure in world cinema. [...] Images of Kubrickian strangeness, like pictures from another planet, some distant, grim, mineral-rich moon that we are callously exploiting because we don't care about it. [...] An eco-documentary with eerie and scalp-tingling landscapes." ~ The Guardian


"One of the most detailed, well-researched, poignant and epic environmental documentaries in recent years." ~ Cineuropa


"There's an essential dialectic at work in the films of Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Although his documentaries assume a critical perspective on their often sobering subjects ... they also always contain a strong element of awe at the grandeur of the human enterprise and achievement on show. His preferred aesthetic strategy involves shooting from a distanced and fixed camera position to create monumental tableaux that are at once impressive and terrifying, and a lot of the films' moral and political power derives from the disconcerting tension between these two poles." ~ Sight & Sound


  • Berlin Film Festival - Official Selection


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Nicholas GeyrhalterNikolaus Geyrhalter is an Austrian filmmaker whose award winning work includes Pripyat, a black-and-white look at residents who live near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine; Elsewhere, a travelogue to a dozen different places around the world; and Our Daily Bread exploring mechanical food production.

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