Matter Out of Place

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Austria,  2022



Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth. The term “matter out of place” refers to objects in a place they originally did not belong to. And there are many such objects in the places Nikolaus Geyrhalter visits for this film. In his unique imagery consisting of minutely composed pictures, the director traces immense amounts of waste across our planet. From the mountain tops of Switzerland to the coasts of Greece and Albania, into an Austrian refuse incinerator then to Nepal and the Maldives, and finally to the deserts of Nevada. “Matter Out Of Place” is about human-made refuse, which surrounds us all the time everywhere. On his journey, Geyrhalter illustrates the sheer endless struggle of people to gain control over the vast amounts of waste that we produce every single day.

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13.10.2023 – Friday – 20:00

Director Bio

Nikolaus Geyrhalter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. 22 years later he formed his own production company: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion. He made his first film, “Eisenerz” in 1992. 2 years later, he shot his first documentary, “Washed Ashore” (1994), a story about the river Danube and often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chornobyl, Ukraine (Pripyat – 1998), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915km – 2008), or investigating the production of processed foods (Our Daily Bread – 2005). In 2003 he received the Austrian State Award for Film Art and in 2008 his film “Our Daily Bread” won the Grimme Prize.


Camera: Nikolaus Geyrhalte
Editing: Samira Ghahremani, Michael Palm
Sound: Sergey Martynyuk, Nora Czamler, Florian Kindlinger, Flora Rajakowitsch, Alexander Koller
Production: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Markus Glaser