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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



Matter out of Place

Nikolaus GEYRHALTER

  • Austria
  • 2022
  • 105min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

The film shows how garbage is collected and shredded, how it floats in the ocean, and what nations and humans must do to dispose of it. The constantly moving camera tracks people who clean up the polluted planet: an Indian janitor cleaning a huge city, garbage disposal units at ski resorts, divers scooping up trash that have fallen into the sea, and people collecting waste after a rave in the desert. The camera follows them for a long time from a distance.

Review

Matter out of Place is a documentary that traces the collection and disposal routes of garbage flowing around the world, including large cities, beaches, plains, snowy mountains, and deep in the oceans. Garbage is portrayed as an Earth-polluting material that did not exist there originally, but that is transported by humans. Can garbage really disappear? The visual idea of this film, which traces the landscape of disharmony caused by a tsunami of garbage, is contrast and inconsistency. Humans, machines, garbage, and nature are in stark contrast to each other, portrayed by: trucks hanging from cable cars, mountains juxtaposed with garbage heaps, waves of garbage encroaching on idyllic resort beaches, filth in the desert of Nevada, flickering “Fucking” and “Love”, clear skies and gray land. All these contrasting images show networking places where humans can no longer live or coexist through the frames that make up the landscape. Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter gives an appalling awakening to the reality he wants to forget with a clear awareness of the function of documentaries to unveil and remember the hidden truths.

Director

  • Nikolaus GEYRHALTER

    Born in Vienna. He is a director, producer and cameraman. In 1994, he founded his own production company "Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion" which focuses on documentaries and amateur fiction.​

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