Over the Years

A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

A 2015, HD Cam/DCP, 188 Min.



Ten surprising years.


In the winter of 2004, no one can tell how long the old textile factory in the northern Waldviertel will still be able to survive. When the factory ultimately shuts its doors, its employees embark upon a time of radical change.


The workers, who live in the countryside, seek new directions.

Other work, unpaid work, more time to engage in hobbies, to become involved in the local fire department or to care for relatives.


New beginnings and changes. Life goes on. 



Premiere at the Berlinale Forum:

"What begins as the documentation of a branch of industry dying a slow death develops over the course of ten years into an epic documentary tale of life and work in the post-industrial era. It is an outstanding, moving film devoted to people."

(Birgit Kohler, Berlinale)





Director and Cinematographer:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter 


Editing and Dramaturgy:

Wolfgang Widerhofer



Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Wolfgang Widerhofer


Sound Recording, Camera Assistant:

Ludwig Löckinger

Andreas Hamza

Oliver Schneider

Gerald Piesch

Simon Graf


Sound Design:

Peter Kutin

Florian Kindlinger



Matthias Ermert

Clemens Kloss


Color Grading:

Christian Leiss


Production Manager:

Michael Kitzberger



Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Markus Glaser



NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH


with support of:

Austrian Film Institute

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen

Niederösterreich Kultur





Please be aware that these photos are available exclusively for work associated with the film, duplication for use elsewhere is prohibited without express permission.

© Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH


Nomination: Best Documentary
Österreichischer Filmpreis (2016)
Grand Diagonale Prize Documentary: Best Austrian Documentary Film
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2015)
Best Artistic Editing of a Documentary Film
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2015)
Best Film, Human Rights Competition
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) (2015)
Silver Eye Award for Best feature-length documentary
Jihlava, International Documentary Film Festival (2015)
3-sat Documentary Film Prize
Duisburg Film Festival (2015)



cinema release in Austria


World premiere at the Berlinale Forum


Festivals: Berlinale Forum, Diagonale Graz a.o.


Berlinale Forum (2015)
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2015)
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) (2015)
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2015)
Eurodok, Oslo (2015)
IndieLisboa International Film Festival (2015)
Riviera Maya Film Festival, México (2015)
International Documentary Film Festival Munich (2015)
Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival (2015)
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (2015)
Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb (2015)
Documentarist. Istanbul Documentary Days (2015)
Sarajevo International Film Festival (2015)
Milano Film Festival (2015)
Bergen International Film Festival (2015)
São Paulo International Film Festival (2015)
Duisburg Film Festival (2015)
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (2015)
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo (2015)
Montreal International Documentary Festival (2015)
Lanzarote Muestra de Cine Europeo (2015)
MOMA's Doc Fortnight (2016)
dokumentarfilmwoche hamburg (2016)

with support of

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