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Homo Sapiens

What will remain of human existence when we disappear? This documentary shows that nature silently takes over when people take places and then abandon them.

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he images could be taken from a science fiction film set on planet Earth after it’s become uninhabitable. Abandoned buildings: housing estates, shops, cinemas, hospitals, offices, schools, a library, amusement parks and prisons. Places and areas being reclaimed by nature, such as a moss-covered bar with ferns growing between the stools, a still stocked soft drinks machine now covered with vegetation, an overgrown rubbish dump, or tanks in the forest. All these locations carry the traces of erstwhile human existence and bear witness to a civilisation that brought forth architecture, art, the entertainment industry, technologies, ideologies, wars and environmental disasters. In precisely framed wide shots, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s static camera shows us the present post-apocalypse. There are no people in his film, and yet – as the title pointedly suggests – he has his eye on nothing less than the future of humanity.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, 2021, 94 min. geen dialoog spoken, without subtitles.
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