Parallel realities are subjected to acute observation in the documentaries of Nikolaus Geyrhalter. His cinematic work offers lucid looks at areas and topics such as industrial food production, sexual abuse or the stalled construction of an Austrian border fence. In his most recent work, Earth, screened at Forum, he turns his camera towards our relentless efforts to mine our planet. Characterised by extremely detailed long takes, Geyrhalter’s shoots are preceded by extensive research, the principles of which he will share with the audience. Geyrhalter’s notion of “scripted reality” is of particular interest here, suggesting preparation yet ultimately entrusting the interpretation of the many dimensions of an issue to the audience.
Nicolas Geyrhalter was born in Vienna in 1972. Since 1992, he has worked as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He started his own production company, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film, in 1994. His credits include OVER THE YEARS (Berlinale Forum 2015) and HOMO SAPIENS (Berlinale Forum 2016). His documentary EARTH, a portrait of the Earth in the Anthropocene, is showing at Berlinale Forum in 2019.
Djamila Grandits is a Vienna based curator, programmer and cultural worker. As part of CineCollective she’s responsible fo the artistic direction and management of Kaleidoskop Film und Freiluft am Karlsplatz. Currently she is part off the selection committees of Filmfestival Kitzbühel and frameout digital summer screenings. She works as moderator and host of various panels, events and interviews and cares about the intersections and deconstruction of theoretical concepts, artistic-, political- and activist forms.