Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Our Daily Bread

Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Screening time  
01.03. / Wednesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5  
This high-budget documentary filmed in the course of almost three years tells us about the industrial production and processing of vegetable and animal food that most of us know nothing about.

In the rhythm of conveyer belts and huge, powerful machines, in a radical way and without the usual narrator and comments, the camera leads us to various places in Europe where food is produced: monumental plants, surrealistic nature and bizarre sounds of a cold industrial atmosphere. The lack of narrative, as well as evasion of the scenes of slaughter and maiming, additionally contribute to the reflection on the acceptability of modern farming methods and their consequences for people, animals and environment.

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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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Unser täglich Brot

Austria
2005, 90'

Directed by:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Screenplay by:
Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Cinematography:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Edited by:
Wolfgang Widerhofer

Producers:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer

Produced by:
Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2005 – Special Jury Prize; Hot Docs 2006 – Honourable Mention Special Jury Prize International Feature; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2006 – Special Mention of the Between the Seas Jury; RIDM: The Montreal International Documentary Festival 2006 – EcoCamera Award; Adolf Grimme Awards 2008 – Adolf Grimme Award; Ashland Independent Film Festival 2007 – Ashland Independent Film Award