Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, quarries, large construction sites in a constant struggle to appropriate the planet.
In this impressive documentary, Geyrhalter succeeds in bringing to the point the madness and megalomania of man in the context of global resource extraction. We recommend "Earth" to all viewers who want to get involved in an almost two-hour film that stands out less through words and action than through its visual violence.
|Production:||Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|Language (audio):||German, English, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian|
|Country of origin:||Austria|
|Shooting Locations:||Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, United States, Spain, Hungary|
|Screening rights:||Autlook Film Sales ()|
Rendered abstract by the extreme distance, the landscapes assume an organic appearance, so that the machines appear to be lacerating the Earth’s skin, while the grim colour of the devastated land and polluted sky evoke nothing less than a cancer. – Sight & Sound Magazine
The doc, divided into seven chapters, examines nothing less than man's dramatic impact on the physical state of his home planet. High ambition is matched by impressive execution, resulting in a thought-provoking contribution to ongoing ecological debates. – The Hollywood Reporter
Geyrhalter's partly breathtaking shots - moonscapes with giant machines like tiny ants, the marble cathedrals of Carrara, the undulating land after a dynamite explosion - return their fascination to the audience as a question. – Der Tagesspiegel
The dimensions are gigantic, the relations are lost, the world has slipped away from man. – https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/mofr1013/_/erde.html
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