A film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter.
In English, German, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian with German subtitles

[Credits] [Termine] [Trailer]

A por­trait of the Earth in the Anthropocene – at seven loca­ti­ons that humans have trans­for­med on a grand sca­le: Entire moun­ta­ins being moved in California, a tun­nel being sli­ced through rock at the Brenner Pass, an open-cast mine in Hungary, a marb­le quar­ry in Italy, a cop­per mine in Spain, the salt mine used to store radio­ac­ti­ve was­te in Wolfenbüttel and a tar sands land­scape in Canada. Initially shown from abo­ve as abs­tract pain­tings, the­se ter­rains are sub­se­quent­ly explo­red on the ground: The film wea­ves tog­e­ther obser­va­tio­nal foo­ta­ge of machi­nes in ope­ra­ti­on with con­ver­sa­ti­ons with the workers. Alongside state­ments on work pro­ces­ses, envi­ron­men­tal dama­ge and tech­no­lo­gi­cal chan­ge, Erde makes this con­s­truc­ted world visi­ble in uni­que fashion by subt­ly paring it down: the piles of grey mat­ter, hills and moun­ta­ins. The black­ness and the cracks. The san­dy land­scapes, criss-crossed by an array of mecha­ni­cal devices that scuttle about like cater­pil­lars or worms. The dimen­si­ons are gigan­tic, the pro­por­ti­ons out of con­trol; the world has slip­ped from humanity’s grasp. “There is always a big­ger machi­ne, a big­ger engi­ne and when all fails the­re is dyna­mi­te. We always win.” Or do we?


AU 2019, 114 Min., 
Regie, Buch, Kamera: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Schnitt: Niki Mossböc 


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