Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5
Original title: Unser Taglich Brot
Germany/Austria, 2005. Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, 3Sat, Filmfonds Wien, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, Österreichisches Filminstitut. Screenplay by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer. Cinematography by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Produced by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer. Production Design by Fabian Geyrhalter. Film Editing by Wolfgang Widerhofer.
The food industry has taken quite a beating from documentary films over the last few years, but this one has a very interesting method in observing its subject: it is a completely wordless, purely observational experience in which director Nikolaus Geyrhalter points his cameras at various aspects of food production without any commentary or interviews. Massive machines, tired employees and giant fields of crops are peered at by a filmmaker looking to explore the impersonal nature with which our food is manufactured and brought to our table. The lack of discernible human voice can be a little bit annoying at times; there are moments when an explanation of a certain process could be clarified to our benefit, but otherwise it is a very sobering film and almost a spiritual one, a farm-themed Baraka that overcomes you with its hypnotic rhythm and vast visual scope. It will challenge your patience from time to time, but give yourself up to its mesmerizing quality and you will find yourself learning quite a bit.
European Film Award Nomination: Best European Documentary