Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Earth (2020)

You’ve heard of climate change but this latest documentary-spectacle from Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter (The Border Fence, DocPoint 2019) is about landscape change. Geyrhalter’s film is alerting us to the vast changes to terrain and geology that are being made with large-scale mining and construction, industries that are gouging out the Earth’s contents, hollowing out whole areas, flattening and moving mountains.

The film starts with the statistic that humans move 156m tons of rock and soil a day, making our species “the most decisive geological factor of our time”. Geyrhalter supports this with eerie and scalp-tinglingly vast landscape shots that are now a feature of his work: 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.

You might compare this to the landscape cinema of James Benning. But Geyrhalter proves again that he is a unique figure in world cinema.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Film Title : Earth
Language : saksa, englanti, espanja, italia, unkari
Director : Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Year : 2019
Length : 115
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Editing : Niki Mossböck
Music : Florian Kindlinger
Producer : Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Production Company : NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
Title in Original Language : Erde

Screenings :
Ti 28.1. klo 17.00, Bio Rex
Pe 31.1. klo 18.45, Bio Rex
Su 2.2. klo 19.00, Orion