A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A 2011, 90 Min.
Dolby Digital, HD CAM/35mm, 16:9


A film poem about a continent at night, a culture on which the sun’s going down, though it’s hyper alert at the same time, an “Abendland” that, often somewhat self-obsessively, sees itself as the crown of human civilization, while its service economy is undergoing rapid growth in a thoroughly pragmatic way. Nikolaus Geyrhalter takes a look at a paradise with a quite diverse understanding of protection.


Night work juxtaposed with oblivious evening digression, birth and death, questions that await answers in the semi-darkness, a Babel of languages, the routine of the daily news, and political negotiation: All this has been captured in images with a wealth of details that make us look at things in a new way.


The longer you consider a word, the more distant is its return gaze: ABENDLAND.



Directed and cinematography:

Nikolaus Geyrhalter


Edited and dramatic structure:

Wolfgang Widerhofer



Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Maria Arlamovsky



Lea Saby,

Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson

Andreas Hamza

Lenka Mikulova

Nicolas Joly

Ekkehard Baumung


2nd unit cinematography:

Oliver Schneider


Assistant cameramen:

Oliver Schneider

Christoph Grasser

Engelbert Obex

Christoph Steiner

Gerald Piesch

Sebastian Arlamovsky


Additional cinematography:

Matthias Halibrand


Project development and research:

Maria Arlamovsky


Research and production management:

Lucy Ashton

Patricia Rütten-Fuster 


Location management:

Lucy Ashton

Philipp Mayrhofer

Palo Pekarcik

Patricia Rütten-Fuster

Alessandra Cardone

Anja Grüner

Bryan Carter

José Martos

Wanda Traeger

Valentina Frigerio

Olimpia Pietrangeli

Nathalie Rendevski Savaricas 


Sound Mixing:

Ingo Holub

Sabine Maier


Sound Design:

Daniel Fritz


Production auditor:

Markus Glaser

Executive producer:

Michael Kitzberger



Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Markus Glaser

Michael Kitzberger

Wolfgang Widerhofer


NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH


with support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut

Filmfonds Wien

in coproduction with:

ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen





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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Diagonale austrian editors association aea Prize, Diagonale (2011)
Nomination: Best Documentary, Austrian Film Award (2012)
Millennium Award, Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011)
The Canon Cinematography Award, Honorable Mention, Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw (2011)
Grand Prix Special Mention, Split Film Festival (2011)


Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, 2011
Split Film Festival, 2011
Milano Film Festival, 2011
Fünf Seen Film Festival, 2011
Dokufest Prizren, 2011
Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2011
Moscow International Film Festival, 2011
Isola Cinema Festival, Ljubljana, 2011
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warsaw, 2011
International Documentary Film Festival Munich, 2011
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto, 2011
Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2011
MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, New York, 2012