Matter Out of Place

A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A 2022, 106 min.


Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth. MATTER OUT OF PLACE is a film about rubbish, which has spread across the world, to the most remote corners of the planet.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter follows the traces of our rubbish across the planet and sheds light on the endless struggle of people to gain control over the vast quantities of waste.    



Director & Photography:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Assistant Director:
Sophia Laggner

Sergey Martynyuk
Nora Czamler
Camera Assistant:
Alfred Zacharias

Samira Ghahremani
Additional Editing:

Michael Palm

Colour Grading:
Lukas Lerperger
Sebastian Arlamovsky
Sound Design:
Florian Kindlinger
Flora Rajakowitsch
Sound Mixing:
Alexander Koller

Production manager:
Antonia Bernkopf
Teresa-Saija Wieser

Executive producer:
Michael Kitzberger

Michael Kitzberger
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Markus Glaser
Nikolaus Geyrhalter

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

With support of:
Österreichisches Filminstitut
Filmfonds Wien
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
FISA - Filmstandort Austria
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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Pardo Verde WWF Award, Locarno Film Festival, Concorso internazionale (2022)
Best Director – Más Allá Competition, Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo, México (2022)
Best feature length documentary, Festival dei Popoli Florence (2022)
Big Stamp Award, Regional Competition, ZagrebDox, International Documentary Film Festival Zagreb (2023)
Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Award for the Best Film on Ecology, Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (2023)
Green Planet Movie Award, Film Festival della Lessinia (2023)


Locarno Film Festival, Concorso internazionale, 2022
Camden International Film Festival, 2022
DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, International Competition, 2022
IDFA, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2022
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Goyang, South Korea, 2022
Black Canvas Festival de Cine Contemporáneo, México, 2022
Magnificent 7, Belgrade, 2022
Film Fest Gent, 2022
Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival, 2022
Leeds International Film Festival, 2022
Festival International du Film de La Roche­-sur­-Yon, 2022
Cork International Film Festival, 2022
Festival dei Popoli Florence, 2022
Jihlava, International Documentary Film Festival , 2022
Talinn Black Nights Filmfestival, 2022
Film Festival Cologne, 2022
L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona, 2022
Hainan Island International Film Festival, 2022
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX, 2023
Tempo Dokumentärfestival, Stockholm, 2023
FIPADOC, International Documentary Film Festival, Biarritz, 2023
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2023
Ljubljana Doc Film Festival, 2023
Sofia International Film Festival, 2023
Human International Documentary Film Festival Oslo, 2023
DOK.fest München, 2023
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, 2023
ZagrebDox, International Documentary Film Festival Zagreb, 2023
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw, 2023