Official film description

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.

Notes on the film

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.

Further reviews

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. –

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Script: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Production: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger
Year: 2019
Duration: 115 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): German, English, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Austria
Shooting Locations: Germany, Austria, Canada, Italy, United States, Spain, Hungary
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Autlook Film Sales ()

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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: fossil fuel
Mentions: earth soil mountains sand mining construction site tunnel rock coal stone marble minerals copper nuclear waste radioactivity oil sands
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining

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