Austria 2016, 94 min, No Dialogue, No Subtitles

Human beings are absent from Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s remarkable film, leaving the audience with a powerful feeling, part panic and part comfort. In his visits to hundreds of sites around the world, the highly regarded Austrian director focuses on stunning but disturbing footage, accompanied by no explanation but the sounds of nature. We see power stations, playgrounds, prisons, temples, offices, operating theaters, train stations, swimming pools, malls, airports, and a parking lot for tanks, all of them abandoned and left in silence, without a single human word to interrupt our thoughts. Wind, rain, sandstorms, snow, waves, tangled vegetation, and even rays of light penetrating slits in the walls that once kept them out, gradually erase the human presence, which we thought changed the world. The audience is left with an apocalyptic feeling, combined with sheer admiration for Nature’s tenacity.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale, Cinema Du Reel, Hong Kong IFF, Buenos Aires Bafici, Dokfest München


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Director & Cinematography: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Production: Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Production Company: Ngf - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion Gmbh
Script: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Palm
Editing: Michael Palm
Research: Maria Arlamovsky
Soundtrack: Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH, Salma Abdalla (


2016 Homo Sapiens
2015 Über die Jahre / Over the Years
2013 CERN
2012 Donauspital SMZ Ost / Danube Hospital
2011 Abendland
2010 Allentsteig
2008 7915 KM
2005 Unser Täglich Brot / Our Daily Bread