Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Austria / 2019 / 115 min / Colour
Earth is a vision that attacks the foundations of the planet. A visual reflection that embraces stone, mud and sand and conveys our gaze to the peaks of a new perception: man moves more land than nature itself has ever done. Through the exploration of seven places scattered across seven continents, Nikolaus Geyrhalter shows us how every year man shifts billions of tons of land to support his productive activities. From the tunnels to the Brenner pass to the Hungarian mines, from the extraction of tar sands in Canada to the marble quarries in Italy, man is redesigning landscapes and horizons, which seem increasingly abstract to the camera lens, a natural work inexorably manipulated, of an artificial and compromised beauty. The author's gaze starts from the top and penetrates the earth's crust, revealing the irrepressible work of bulldozers, excavators and explosives, which forever change the face of our planet.
Born in Vienna in 1972, at the age of only twenty-two he founded his production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. His debut behind the camera was in 1992, with Eisenerz. In 1994 he directed Angeschwemmt, a documentary in which he walks the Danube through the lives and gazes of the people who live on its banks. His works, distinguished by a particular directorial style, have won numerous international awards.
Format HDScreenplay Nikolaus GeyrhalterCinematography Nikolaus GeyrhalterSound Pavel Cuzuioc, Simon Graf, Lenka Mikulová, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Nora CzamlerEditing Niki MossböckProducer Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus GeyrhalterProduction company NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Filmproduktion GmbH