18 NOV - 4 DEC 2022

Matter Out of Place



Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth. Matter Out of Place is a film about rubbish which has spread across the world to the most remote corners of the planet.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter follows the traces of our rubbish across the planet and sheds light on the endless struggle of people to gain control over the vast quantities of waste that we produce every single day. Collecting, shredding, burning, burying… From the mountains of Switzerland to the coasts of Greece and Albania, then to Nepal and deserts of Nevada. A panoramic and wordless depiction of modern humans’ devastating impact on the environment.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Vienna, 1972) is a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. He made his first film, Eisenerz, aged 20 and in 1994 started his own production company, which has since produced over seventy documentaries for film and television. His tightly paced, static-camera observational films include Pripyat (1999), Unser täglich Brot (2005), 7915 KM (2008), Über die Jahre (2015), Homo sapiens (2016) and Erde (2019), which won a Special Mention at l'Alternativa 2019.