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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival



2019, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 115 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 20th 4:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 26th 6:00pm

“Underlines the extent to which mankind is now the most destructive force on the planet…breathtaking images, many of them vast and awe-inspiring, highlight the magnitude of the issue.”—Patrick Gamble, Cinevue

“A strong element of awe at the grandeur of human enterprise…at once impressive and terrifying.”—Giovanni Marchini Camia, Sight & Sound

Activist filmmaker Geyrhalter (OUR DAILY BREAD, HOMO SAPIENS) visits seven high-tech mining and construction sites around the world, taking in the mind-boggling monumental aspect of the machines and practices that are routinely ravaging vast swaths of the earth beyond repair. From a leaking radioactive waste dump in Germany to leveling efforts in the San Fernando Mountains of California and the extraction of marble in Carrara, Italy, the director’s signature method of utilizing long and overhead shots endows the gargantuan scope of each enterprise with a gravely frightening and yet strangely lyrical import. In English, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of KimStim. (BS)

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