Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth. The term “matter out of place” refers to objects in a place they originally do not belong to. In his unique imagery consisting of minutely composed pictures, director Nikolaus Geyrhalter traces immense amounts of waste across our planet. On his journey, Geyrhalter illustrates the sheer endless struggle of people to gain control over the vast amounts of waste that we produce every single day. Collecting, shredding, burning, burying – a Sisyphean task, which ostensibly solves the global problem of rubbish that is stealthily growing.
Nikolaus Geyrhalter is one of world cinema’s most renowned and celebrated documentary filmmakers. Famous for his unmistakable style which draws on calm, carefully framed wide shots with an eye for geometric compositions, his "extraordinary" (The Guardian) and "shockingly beautiful" (The Village Voice) films eschew commentary or music to create visually striking accounts of places at the margins of our perception while, at the same time, cataloging social phenomena in a cinematically epic fashion. Whether exploring the terrain of post-disaster Chernobyl (Pripyat), reflecting on a post-human world (Homo Sapiens), or investigating modern day food production (Our Daily Bread), Geyrhalter’s films are nothing short of startling works of art. (Photo courtesy of Philipp Horak)
Icarus Films is proud to now distribute three of Nikolaus Geyrhalter's films, as well as a six-film special edition boxset in partnership with KimStim. Learn more on IcarusFilms.com.
To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, OUR DAILY BREAD takes us into the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming, featuring monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds – a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism.
6 Film, 7-Disc special edition box set. Includes OUR DAILY BREAD, HOMO SAPIENS, OVER THE YEARS, ABENDLAND, ELSEWHERE, & PRIPYAT.
"Geyrhalter’s work is prime for discovery or rediscovery, and a new box set from Icarus Films provides the perfect opportunity to dive into it. These films are more vital than ever, both politically and aesthetically." —Hyperallergic