|02.03. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 5|
Life on the Danube is essentially determined by two factors: the river itself and the often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. And they are multifarious: fishermen and graveyard wardens, tramps, soldiers, and Buddhist monks. All linked by the great current against which they swim. The film tells their stories and their longings in tranquil images by an unobtrusive camera. The black and white film is Geyrhalter's documentary debut that made him famous.
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. With this retrospective program of films spanning from the beginning of his career represented by Washed Ashore to his latest masterpieceHomo Sapiens the audience of the festival will get the new opportunity to get familiar with this exquisite filmmaker.
Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Polina Schestova, Anatoliy Bulavitskiy, Valentin Kiriytschuk
Festivals & Awards:
New Cinema Prize, Vienna 1994; International Film Festival Rotterdam 1995; Visions du Réel 1995; Hof International Film Festival 1995; Olympia Film Festival 1995; Vancouver International Film Festival 1995; Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media 1996
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