Masterclass with Nikolaus Geyrhalter


11.00–14.00 Screening PRIPYAT and Masterclass with Nikolaus Geyrhalter

The DOK.fest 2023 homage is dedicated to Nikolaus Geyrhalter. A filmmaker whose works are as recognisable as they are obstinate. In conversation with filmmaker David Spaeth we will try to explore his work, examine the plannability of the unplannable and fathom the language of images. We will show the film PRIPYAT beforehand  afterwards, after a short break, the conversation will take place. The complete homage series can be viewed here.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter

in conversation with filmmaker David Spaeth.


The event will be held in English.

The event will be held on site.

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Austria 1999 – Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter – Masterclass Nikolaus Geyrhalter – Length: 100 min.

  • Sun, 05/07/23
    HFF - Audimax

Specialist clothing, dosimetric checks, military supervision: in 1999, the 30 kilometres around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the city of Pripyat are an exclusion zone. The majority of the villages have been evacuated. In the past, everyone played sport here, now you are not meant to eat or drink or breathe in any dust – yet twelve years on people try to survive here in the highly contaminated ghost town. Anja Klauck



Nikolaus Geyrhalter
The internationally renowned Austrian director, producer and cinematographer began his film work as a self-taught filmmaker at a young age and founded the Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion in 1994. His documentaries have won numerous awards.


ERDE, AT 2019, 115 min.
ÜBER DIE JAHRE, AT 2015, 188 min.
UNSER TÄGLICH BROT, AT 2005, 92 min.


Camera: Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Production: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH. Producer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

  • Sun, 05/07/23
    HFF - Audimax
David Spaeth
Regisseur / Autor (David Spaeth)

David Spaeth was born in Nantes/France and grew up in Germany. He studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His focus today is documentary film on the one hand - " Betrayal"/Grimme Award 2019, "Storytelling man, Henning Mankell", "La Brass Banda",... - and lecturing on the other. He teaches at the HFF Munich and since 2010 at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.