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Homo Sapiens

“One of the premier nonfiction filmmakers working today.”

Homo Sapiens 94 min. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 2016

Homo Sapiens, by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter who formed his own production company at 22 years old, is a film, without dialogue, 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. The Film shows stunning images of forgotten places (4 filming locations; Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, Argentina, Bulgaria, Ohio, USA), buildings we constructed and then left, and is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. Watch the trailer below:

“Meticulous, provocative“ Glenn Kenny. The New York Times. 


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Photo credit: © Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH / ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen / ZDF / 3sat / Filmfonds Wien.