Homo Sapiens

A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

A 2016, Dolby Atmos, RED 4K / DCP, 94 Min., without dialogue

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.

 

 

"Nikolaus Geyrhalter's fantastical Homo sapiens depicts a disquieting scenario whereby the world made by people is slowly won back by nature: it is science fiction and documentary in equal measure, equal parts contemporary and post-apocalyptic."

Berlinale Forum

 

Credits

Director, Photography:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

 

Editing:

Michael Palm

 

Sound Design:

Peter Kutin

Florian Kindlinger

 

Sound Re-Recording:

Alexander Koller

 

Location Research:

Simon Graf

 

Research:

Maria Arlamovsky

 

Camera Assistants:

Simon Graf

Christoph Grasser

Sebastian Arlamovsky

Thomas Cervenca

 

Production Managers:

Katharina Posch

Flavio Marchetti

Lixi Frank

 

Executive producer:

Michael Kitzberger

 

Producers:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Markus Glaser 

 

Production:

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH 

 

With support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut

FISA - Filmstandort Austria

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen

ZDF/3sat

Project development supported by Filmfonds Wien 

 

 

Awards

Wild Dreamer Award for Best Documentary
Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb (2016)
Best Sounddesign Documentary
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2017)

Dates

03.02.2017

cinema release in Japan

04.11.2016

cinema release in Austria

19.10.2016

cinema release in France

29.07.2016

cinema release in the USA

12.02.2016

World Premiere at the Berlinale Forum, afterwards festival tour: Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Leuven, Zagreb, München, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Basel, Curitiba, Edinburgh a.o.

Festivals

Berlinale Forum (2016)
Cinéma du Réel, Festival international de films documentaires, Paris (2016)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (2016)
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) (2016)
Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven (2016)
Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb (2016)
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin (2016)
DOK.fest München (2016)
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (2016)
Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv (2016)
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel (2016)
Olhar de Cinema, Festival Internacional de Curitiba (2016)
European Film Festival Palic (2016)
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2016)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2016)
International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers, Bitola (2016)
Festival International du Film de La Rochelle (2016)
Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2016)
Milano Film Festival (2016)
Message to Man International Film Festival, St. Petersburg (2016)
Cambridge Film Festival (2016)
Film Festival Cologne (2016)
International Contemporary Science Film Festival 360°, Moskow (2016)
Leeds International Film Festival (2016)
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo (2016)
Duisburg Film Festival (2016)
Montreal International Documentary Festival (2016)
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2016)
Lanzarote Muestra de Cine Europeo (2016)
Festival dei Popoli Florence (2016)
Viennale (2016)
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with support of

Filminstitut_WS
FISA_WS
ORF_FFAbkommen_WS
zdf
3Sat_WS
FFW_Web 3

Production

ngf