Austria 2022, 106 min, English, Albanian, Nepalese and Swiss German, Hebrew & English subtitles

Human-made refuse has now reached every corner of the Earth: it flows in rivers in Australia, accumulates on snowy mountaintops in Switzerland, threatens to suffocate beaches in Greece and Albania, and rots beneath Austrian crop fields. Award-winning filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, who has previously tackled many burning issues, from the industrialization of food production (Our Daily Bread) to the fate of planet Earth after the humans are gone (Homo Sapiens), follows the vast amounts of waste we generate, and our desperate attempts to deal with it. Armed with his usual arsenal of painstakingly crafted cinematography and clever sound design, Geyrhalter is able to wrap these unsettling questions in a striking, near-mesmerizing aesthetic.

Previous Festivals: Locarno, IDFA

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Twenty-two years later he formed his own production company: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. He made his first film, EISENERZ, in 1992. Two years later, he shot his first documentary, WASHED ASHORE (1994) it is telling a story about the river Danube and often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (PRIPYAT - 1998), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 KM - 2008), or investigating the production of processed foods (OUR DAILY BREAD - 2005). In 2003 he received Austrian State Award for Film Art and in 2008 his film OUR DAILY BREAD won the Grimme Prize.

Production: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser
Production Company: NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
Script & Cinematography: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Editing: Samira Ghahremani, Michael Palm
Sound Design: Sergey Martynyuk, Nora Czamler

Supporters & Broadcasters: Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv

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