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OUR DAILY BREAD
(Unser tägliches Brot)
OFFICIAL SELECTION NY Film Fest
"Precisely composed lensing and painstaking sound design create moments of sublime beauty" -Variety
"Awe-inspiring" -Senses of Cinema
"Geyrhalter, as director and cameraman, can also be compared with suspense master Hitchcock in this respect; a pure cineaste and motion scientist." -Der Standard
"An impressive piece of dramaturgy of image and sound...The risky decision of leaving only the images to the viewers has paid off."
-Austrian Film News
"Our Daily Bread can be extremely difficult to watch, but the film's formal elegance, moral underpinning and intellectually stimulating point of view also make it essential" -New York Times
½ "If Our Daily Bread is political, it's blessedly indirect and happily devoid of thesis points. The images recall Kubrick in their extreme, head-on formality and tight, obsessive control. This is Fast Food Nation envisioned, Koyaanisqatsi-like, on a grand scale: 'Fast Food Planet.'" -Chicago Tribune
Tip of the Week! "It is hypnotic and magisterial, about moment and passage...Our Daily
Bread is a strange look at one of the many worlds behind our accepted world." -NewCity Chicago
Our Daily Bread is a wide-screen tableau exposing the brave new world of industrial
food production and high-tech farming. As evocative and (seemingly) futuristic as any sci-fi work,
the film looks at how food is now produced for the developed world: an industrial environment in
which people, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of a super-
efficient system. Eschewing interviews and voiceovers, Our Daily Bread presents the
monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds that are an unspoken (and generally
unsighted) but integral part of our lives. While this remarkable documentary will likely engender
fascination, awe and even shock amongst viewers, it simply aims to show the industrial production
of food as a reflection of our society's values: plenty of everything, made as quickly and as
efficiently as modern technology permits.
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 2005, 92 mins.
In German with English subtitles.