Central DOCS Club: Homo Sapiens
Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Germany/Switzerland/Austria. 2016. 94mins.
After the screening join a discussion about the film lead by Milana Vujkov, Picturehouse Central marketing manager.
Best known for Our Daily Bread, an unsettling treatise on humankind’s Faustian pact with the food we eat, Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter has now directed a film that is equally disturbing. Despite its title, humans feature here only indirectly, and then solely in terms of the evidence they leave behind. Geyrhalter’s camera lingers on a series of largely abandoned industrial constructions: railway stations, swimming pools, a decaying church, an operating theatre, shopping malls and, most spectacular of all, a rollercoaster rising from the sea – presumably a casualty of climate change. However, there are no easy explanations on offer, and we are obliged to draw our own conclusions, our reactions enhanced by an eerie soundtrack composed entirely of nature’s responses to these forsaken edifices. A stunning, sobering work.
Presented by Misc Films, a UK-based programming collective dedicated to showcasing unreleased and under-screened films.
Club and Group screenings
|Mon 6th Mar||18.30||Picturehouse Docs: Bringing you the best in new and topical documentaries covering issues around the world. Central Docs Club: After the screening join us for an informal discussion about the film, all welcome.|