Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
At this year's Berlinale, the most easily recognizable cliché has been the obligatory scene of a character so frustrated they start breaking furniture or throwing objects against a wall and out a window. This has been true for Lily Lane, I, Olga Hepnarová, Don't Call Me Son, Jonathan, and Boris Without Béatrice. It isn't without irony, then, that Nikolaus Geyrhalter's dialogue-less Homo Sapiens features 94 minutes' worth of destroyed, decayed and looted environments. There are no humans in this world, only the traces of our violence, and our neglect. This experimental gem from Austria portrays a planet as if abandoned by persons who made sure to ransack it on their way out to brighter galaxies. There are deserted Japanese-style rooms defaced by hundreds of chaotically stacked books; wrecked movie theatres with rotting film projectors; bars invaded by mold and moss; flooded auditoriums; and dilapidated hospitals, corporate offices, prisons cells, and bowling alleys.