Icarus Films teams with the KimStim Collection for the Nov. 22 DVD debut of filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s chilling documentary titled Homo Sapiens.
There are the sounds of waves crashing, the rustle of the wind, a bird flutters its wings, crickets chirp and not a human voice is to be heard. Yet everywhere there are the signs that man — homo sapiens — had once passed this way. Abandoned buildings, empty churches and more … vision after vision of a post-apocalyptic world; devoid of human beings and yet here we are.
Some might call award-winning documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s latest work, “experimental” or “minimalistic” (since there is no dialog, not even narration), which is true, but a better description might be that of “chilling.”
As his travel snippets unfold, an eerie sense of foreboding is at hand … the sights and the sounds (so very well done by his sound and audio team) carry the viewer into a sort of “Twilight Zone” world where the things that were built with a purpose — that had meaning — are all that remains of us for some future alien race to sort thought.
Also getting a Nov. 22 DVD release from Icarus Films is the KimStim Collection presentation of the late Chantal Akerman’s final feature film, her 2012 film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel (published in 1895), Almayer’s Folly.
Akerman updates the proceeding from the Victorian/British colonial period of the late 19th Stanislas Merhar (Dry Cleaning, The Captive, etc.) draws the role of central role of Almayer, with Aurora Marion (her film debut … subsequently: A Wedding, Matriarchy) as his daughter, Nina, who rejects her father’s European roots in favor of the rebellious Dain (Zac Adriansolo).Century to the post-World War II turmoil of the Malay Peninsula (filmed on location in Cambodia).
Almayer’s Folly is presented in French with English subtitles.