The interior of a grand, dilapidated church - still from 'Homo Sapiens' (2016)
The interior of a grand, dilapidated church - still from 'Homo Sapiens' (2016)
Homo Sapiens (2016)

Homo Sapiens with live score by Heinz Riegler

Nikolaus Geyrhalter | Switzerland, Germany, Austria | | Unclassified (All Ages)

Multi-instrumentalist Heinz Riegler's live score weaves its way through a series of abandoned and dilapidated monuments, eerily void of the humans they were built for.

Instead of uncovering artifacts from long ago, 'Homo Sapiens' shows us our own relics in the making.

Michael Sicinski (Village Voice)

Paradoxically described as a "science-fiction-documentary", Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s 2016 film imagines, through real footage, an abandoned world, sans-human. Empty offices fall apart, cathedrals are left to flood and the skeletons of a rollercoaster are left to be licked by the shoreline until they'll one day be entirely consumed. Separating the object from its function, the film completely redefines them.

Geyrhalter's beautifully articulated tableaux of abandoned spaces are like catnip for the urban explorer within. Already poignant upon the film's release, Homo Sapiens is made even more affecting within a post-pandemic context, rendering the experience uncanny and uncomfortably close to reality.

This special screening includes a live electronic soundscape by ARIA Award-winning sound artist Heinz Riegler.

Presented to coincide with the Open House Melbourne Weekend, the Living Cities Forum and the Goethe-Institut's KinoKonzert program.

Format: DCP
Language: No Dialogue
Source: Autlook Films
Courtesy: Autlook Films
Duration: 94 mins


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94 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About Heinz Riegler

Heinz Riegler is an Austrian-born sound artist who has worked across film, music and art installations. For ten years, Riegler was the frontman of the ARIA Award-winning band Not From There, but since then he has moved into more experimental electronic sounds having collaborated with artists such as Lawrence English, David Toop and Ben Frost.

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