Homo Sapiens

  • Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Austria
  • 2016
  • 94 min
  • Focus: The Future Tense

Despite its title, there isn’t a single human to be seen or heard in this film; instead, director Nikolaus Geyrhalter presents a sequence of static shots filmed in Asia, Europe, the United States and South America. But people clearly were present here at some time in the past. We see train tracks just barely visible among the grass and plants; a store with its contents in disarray; a long-obsolete lecture hall; a disused shopping center; a deserted tropical-themed swimming pool; a dead data center; stray boats strewn around a meadow. Here, nature has been freed to take its course.

The absence of music or commentary allows the sounds to emerge more emphatically into the foreground, and we hear water dripping to the floor from a leaking roof, plastic whirling in the air, and buzzing insects. A film about the fragile and ephemeral nature of humanity. What will remain when we are gone?

Credits

  • 94 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: No dialogue
Director
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Production
Nikolaus Geyrhalter for Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, Wolfgang Widerhofer for Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, Markus Glaser for Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, Michael Kitzberger for Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
Cinematography
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Editing
Michael Palm
Sound
Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger

IDFA history

2021
Screened
Focus: The Future Tense
2016
Dutch Premiere
Masters

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