Kino Lorber and Mercury Films have released the first official trailer for geological documentary “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film is directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier. The film follows the three filmmakers as they trek six continents and 20 countries to document humanity’s effect on the Earth’s natural state.
The official synopsis:
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’s breadth and impact.
The documentary had its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It screened at Sundance Film Festival and has continued to run through the festival circuits since. Across Germany and Switzerland, the documentary captures awe-inspiring imagery and a close examination of our planet’s wellness. “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” is produced by Mercury Films and is being distributed by Kino Lorber. The documentary is slated for limited release in theaters September 25.