Homo Sapiens

A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A 2016, 94 Min.
Dolby Atmos, RED 4K / DCP



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



Director, Photography:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter



Michael Palm


Sound Design:

Peter Kutin

Florian Kindlinger


Sound Re-Recording:

Alexander Koller


Location Research:

Simon Graf



Maria Arlamovsky


Camera Assistants:

Simon Graf

Christoph Grasser

Sebastian Arlamovsky

Thomas Cervenca


Production Managers:

Katharina Posch

Flavio Marchetti

Lixi Frank


Executive producer:

Michael Kitzberger



Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer

Markus Glaser 



NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH 


With support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut

FISA - Filmstandort Austria

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen


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


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
European Film Festival Palic, 2016
Olhar de Cinema, Festival Internacional de Curitiba, 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
IDFA, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2016
Lanzarote Muestra de Cine Europeo, 2016
Festival dei Popoli Florence, 2016
Viennale, 2016