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Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Sociology





Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being.


What will remain of our lives after we’re gone?


Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago.


Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario.



“Sheer Brilliance!”

"Nikolaus Geyrhalter's fantastical Homo Sapiens depicts a disquieting scenario whereby the world made by people is slowly won back by nature: it is science fiction and documentary in equal measure, equal parts contemporary and post-apocalyptic."

(Berlinale Forum)


“Festivals like Berlin help to remind us what pictures can accomplish, whether that means taking an incredibly populist subject and re-contextualizing it for an elite arthouse audience, as Austrian helmer Nikolaus Geyrhalter does by revisiting the now-alien landscapes of abandoned cinemas, shopping malls and sports arenas in HOMO SAPIENS.“ (Variety)


“An aesthetically austere catalog of contemporary ruin. (...) Similar in form to the director's previous nonfiction studies (Our Daily Bread, Over the Years), this wordless assemblage of fixed shots is as much a museum piece as it is a strictly art-house item, inviting viewers to sit back and let the imagery consume them. Far from commercial, it's still a compelling modern study of man vs. nature, with the latter clearly getting the upper hand. (...) If the imagery can be at once breathtaking and disconcerting – one devastated seaside city looks like the set of Inception, another wreck in the desert belongs in Planet of the Apes – there's a sort of consolation in the fact that the natural world will continue to live on despite us. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.“ (Hollywood Reporter)


“Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter's beautifully bleak documentary HOMO SAPIENS is a wordless collection of empty, abandoned, man-made structures (churches, malls, schools, military bases, and nuclear reactors, to name a few). The undoctored subjects, from Fukushima to parts of the U.S., Europe, and South America, reveal a stark landscape of decrepitude slowly being reclaimed by nature's obstinate ability to regenerate itself. If great art takes facts and refracts them into multiple truths, then the Berlinale is host to a myriad of glittering prisms.“ (Observer)


“as intriguing as it is overwhelming“ (BAFICI Festival, Buenos Aires)


“A gloriously beautiful documentary of an unimagined future“ (Hong Kong Filmfestival)


“Nikolaus Geyrhalter's films are also called film poems. He does not go for a quick information round, but chooses a quiet rhythm and a poetic rather than narrative approach that offers space for reflection. ... Thanks to the distant, recording attitude of the director, the scenes have an almost unearthly, weird, abstract beauty.“ (DOCVILLE Festival in Leuven, Belgium)


Film Info


2016 I 94 mins I  Austria I No dialogue


Director_ Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Producers_ Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser

Director of Photography_Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Sound Mixing_Alexander Koller





Berlinale Forum (2016)

Cinéma du Réel, Festival international de films documentaires (2016)

Hong Kong International Film Festival (2016)

Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) (2016)

Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven (2016)

Subversive Film Festival, Zagreb (2016)

Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin (2016)

DOK.fest München (2016)

Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (2016)

Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv (2016)

Bildrausch Filmfest Basel (2016)




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