We walk all over it every day of our lives. We plough it, dig it and drill it. We cover it over with concrete. We map it and measure it. We draw our borders onto it and imagine it belongs to us. We live by what it produces and we bury our dead in it. We take its existence for granted: it seems invincible, indestructible. Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans, using shovels, excavators or dynamite. Erde observes people in mines, quarries, tunnels and large construction sites in a constant struggle to appropriate the planet.
Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Vienna, 1972) works as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He started his own production company in 1994. His films include Angeschwemmt (1994), Das Jahr nach Dayton Pripyat (1999), Unser täglich Brot (2005), Über die Jahre (2015), Homo sapiens (2016) and Die bauliche Maßnahme (2018), among others.
Berlinale (Forum) - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Sheffield International Documentary Festival - International Award