A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A 2019, 115 min.


Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, quarries, large construction sites in a constant struggle to appropriate the planet.



Director / Cinematographer:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Assistant Directors / Research:
Sophia Laggner
Evelyne Faye-Horak

Pavel Cuzuioc
Simon Graf
Lenka Mikulová    
Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
Nora Czamler
Camera Assistants:
Christoph Grasser
Sebastian Arlamovsky
Thomas Cervenca
Simon Graf
Alexander Gugitscher
Felix Krisai
Niki Mossböck
Colour Grading:
Lukas Lerperger
Sound Design:
Florian Kindlinger
Sound Mixing:
Alexander Koller
Production Manager:
Katharina Posch
Executive Producer:
Michael Kitzberger
Michael Kitzberger
Markus Glaser
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Nikolaus Geyrhalter


NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH


With support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen
Filmfonds Wien
World Sales:
Autlook Filmsales


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

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Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlinale Forum (2019)
International Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival (2019)
Best Sounddesign Documentary, Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz (2019)
Best Green Dox Award, Dokufest Prizren (2019)
Nomination for Best Editing, Filmplus, Festival for Editing and Montage Arts, Cologne (2019)
Harrell Award, Camden International Film Festival (2019)
Special Award for Best Film on the Topic of Soil, Innsbruck Nature Festival (2019)
Mención Especial, L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona (2019)
Nomination "Best Sound Design", Austrian Film Award (2020)
Best Documentary, Austrian Film Award (2020)


10.01.2020 Cinema Release USA
05.09.2019 Cinema Release in Switzerland
04.07.2019 CInema Release in Germany
17.05.2019 Cinema Release in Austria
08.02.2019 World Premiere Berlinale


Berlinale Forum, 2019
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, 2019
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International, 2019
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), 2019
Copenhagen Architecture Festival, 2019
Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb, 2019
Magnificent 7, Belgrade, 2019
Moscow International Film Festival, 2019
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin, 2019
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw, 2019
Seoul Eco Film Festival, 2019
Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2019
CinemAmbiente Filmfestival, Turin, 2019
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2019
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, 2019
Guanajuato International Film Festival, 2019
Lemesos International Documentary Festival, 2019
Dokufest Prizren, 2019
Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, 2019
Film Festival della Lessinia, 2019
Camden International Film Festival, 2019
San Francisco Green Film Festival, 2019
IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Competition, 2019
L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona, 2019
DocPoint. Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, 2020
Festival International du Film de La Rochelle , 2021