Homo Sapiens
Homo Sapiens

Homo Sapiens

Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Production year 2016

Length 94min.

Country Austria


Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we're gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Nikolaus Geyrhalter



Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Kitzberger, Markus Glaser, Wolfgang Widerhofer


Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Director of Photography

Nikolaus Geyrhalter


Peter Kutin, Florian Kindlinger


Michael Palm

Production company(ies)

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Nikolaus Geyrhalter is an Austrian filmmaker. He has directed, produced, written, and worked as cinematographer for numerous documentaries.. He formed his own production company at 22 years old. His first documentary was the 1994 film Washed Ashore, about life on the Danube. He also filmed Pripyat (1999), a black-and-white look at residents who live near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. Elsewhere (2001) was a travelogue to a dozen different places around the world, and Our Daily Bread (2005) explored mechanical food production. 7915 Km (2008) looks at the Dakar Rally and the lives of racers and locals. Nikolaus Geyrhalter has won awards for The Year after Dayton (1997), Pripyat (1999), Elsewhere (2001), and Our Daily Bread (2005).


Washed Ashore (1994), The Year after Dayton (1997), Pripyat (1999), Elsewhere (2001), Our Daily Bread (2005), 7915 km (2008), Allentsteig (2010), Abendland (2011), Danube Hospital (2012), Cern (2013), Over the Years (2015), Homo Sapiens (2016).

FILMS 2016