June 21-25 – Waste on the shores, waste on the mountains. On ocean floors and deep down in the earth.
The term “matter out of place” refers to objects in a place they originally do not belong to.
And there are many such objects in the places Nikolaus Geyrhalter visits for this film.
In his unique imagery consisting of minutely composed pictures, the director traces immense
amounts of waste across our planet. From the mountain tops of Switzerland to the coasts of
Greece and Albania, into an Austrian refuse incinerator and then to Nepal and the Maldives,
and finally to the deserts of Nevada.
MATTER OUT OF PLACE is about human-made refuse, which is surrounding us all the time
everywhere. On his journey, Geyrhalter illustrates the sheer endless struggle of people to
gain control over the vast amounts of waste that we produce every single day. Collecting,
shredding, burning, burying – a Sisyphean task, which ostensibly solves the global problem
of rubbish that is stealthily growing. (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2023, Austria, 1:40, NR)