Scene from the film Homo sapiens
Scene from the film Homo sapiens
Scene from the film Homo sapiens
Scene from the film Homo sapiens
Scene from the film Homo sapiens

Homo sapiens

Direction
Year 
2016
Country
  • Austria
Runtime
94min 

What would happen to the world as we know it if people suddenly vanished? This is the central question Nikolaus Geyrhalter asks in a new work that delivers a philosophically powerful and visually mature statement on the nature of our civilization and the transience of humanity (without ever showing one living person). The prohibited zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant dominates the abandoned areas that were once vibrant environments serving life’s spiritual, leisure-time, and educational needs. But today’s derelict urban structures, industrial halls, hospital corridors, and entertainment centers offer none of this. Now the once thriving city, evidence of Homo sapiens’ ingenuity, is yielding to the silent, inconspicuous, yet inexorable power of nature. Comprised of quiet, static shots, the meditative picture provokes our contemplation of the fragility of our civilization, where not even the world’s most dynamic economies are excluded from time’s inevitable verdict. KVIFF

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Details

  • Original Title
    Homo sapiens
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Editing
    Michael Palm
  • Runtime
    94 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale Forum
    • Cinéma du Réel, Festival international de films documentaires
    • Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI)
    • Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven
    • Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb
    • Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Schwerin
    • DOK.fest München
    • Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw
    • Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv
    • Bildrausch Filmfest Basel
    • Olhar de Cinema, Festival Internacional de Curitiba
    • European Film Festival Palic
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
    • International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, Bitola
    • Festival International du Film de La Rochelle
    • Aichi Triennale, Nagoya
    • Milano Film Festival
    • Message to Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg
    • Film Festival Cologne
    • International Contemporary Science Film Festival 360°, Moscow
    • Viennale
    • Cambridge Film Festival
    • Leeds International Film Festival
    • Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo
    • Duisburger Filmwoche
    • Montreal International Documentary Festival
    • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
    • Lanzarote Muestra de Cine Europeo
    • Festival dei Popoli Florence

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