Nikolaus Geyrhalter

7915 km

Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
The Paris–Dakar Rally, a motor sports spectacle that kicks up plenty of dust, provided an opportunity for Nikolaus Geyrhalter to explore Africa.

On the trail of the 2007 Dakar rally, the director encounters the variety to be found in Africa's present in countries such as Morocco, Mali or Senegal. From the perspective of local people whose lives are in some way connected to the race, 7915 km reveals the political and economic nature of the event as well as the complexity of relations between European and African societies and deep-seated prejudice to be found on both sides.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Nikolaus Geyrhalter is director, producer, writer and cinematographer, born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (Pripyat), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 Km), or investigating the production of processed foods (Our Daily Bread).At the age of 22, Geyrhalter started his own production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (NGF). He made his first film, Eisenerz, in 1992. Two years later, Geyrhalter shot his first documentary, Washed Ashore (Angeschwemmt). Audiences, jurors, and critics took notice of Geyrhalter with Pripyat (1999), which won the SCAM Award at the Cinéma du Réel Festival and the Grand Prize at Diagonale Graz. He followed Pripyat with the epic four-hour globe-hopping documentary, Elsewhere (2001). The film screened at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Jihlava Film Festival, and won a Special Jury Award at the IDFA. His next feature, Our Daily Bread (2005), won a Special Jury Award at IDFA as well. In the following decade, Geyrhalter examined night labor in Europe with Abendland (2011) and landscapes of urban decay across the world in Homo Sapiens (2016). The latter film played at the Berlinale Forum, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Cinéma du Réel Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and the Viennale. In 2015, Berlin’s Arsenal Cinema programmed a retrospective dedicated to his work. The 38th Cinéma du Réel Festival programmed a sidebar on his documentaries. ZagrebDox is following Geyrhalter’s work by screening almost all of his films he made in the last decade, e.g. Our Daily Bread, Allentsteig, Danube Hospital and Abendland, as well as screening a special retrospective program in 2017.

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7915 km

2008, 100'

Directed by:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Screenplay by:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Edited by:
Wolfgang Widerhofer

Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer

Produced by:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Festivals & Awards:

Diagonale 2008 – Best Cinematography Documentary Film; IDFA 2008; Toronto International Film Festival 2008; Trento Film Festival 2008