Matter Out of Place

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Matter Out of Place

Matter Out of Place
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
International Competition 2022
Documentary Film
105 minutes
Swiss German,

For his monumental study of displacement, Nikolaus Geyrhalter has travelled across continents, mapping a new kind of landscape that has become detached from geographical or climatic conditions under palm trees, on mountains, at rivers, in the snow. Washed up, blown in, piled up, caught or left somewhere – where once the forces of nature were at work, garbage now dominates the shape of things. It has even brought forth a new social type: the relocator.

As in all his films, Nikolaus Geyrhalter operates the camera himself. It stands still, often for minutes, as if it couldn’t believe what presents itself: plastic webs seemingly grown together with the scrawny branches on embankments, decaying newspapers and cocoa powder packaging in the excavated soil of a potato field in Switzerland, beaches seamed at the waterline by a carpet of Styrofoam and plastic containers. In equally delicately composed images, the filmmaker focuses on the machines and people who work away at these garbage landscapes. They excavate and compact, collect and sort, sweep and rake, move one thing this way and the other that way with grapplers or hands. Well-formed and without comment, the inner workings of a self-sustaining system are revealed in which a process of alienation is underway that causes problem and solution to drift apart.
Sylvia Görke

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Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Samira Ghahremani, Michael Palm
Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser
Sergey Martynyuk, Nora Czamler
Sound Design
Florian Kindlinger, Flora Rajakowitsch
World Sales
Salma Abdalla
Nominated for: Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, Young Eyes Film Award