Our Daily Bread

Unser täglich Brot

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living. Our Daily Bread is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Script: Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Cinematography: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Editing: Wolfgang Widerhofer
Sound: Stefan Holzer, Andreas Hamza, Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Ludwig Löckinger, Heimo Korak, Nicole Scherg
Production: NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
Producers: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Co-production: ZDF/3sat
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria
Production Year: 2005
Duration: 92'
Contact: NGF – Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Prize – IDFA 2005, Special John Templeton Prize – Visions du Réel 2006, Honorable Mention, Special Jury Prize, International Feature – Hot Docs Canadian IDF 2006, Special Jury Award – Jihlava IDFF 2006, EcoCamera Award – RIDM 2006, Grand Prix – International Environmental FF 2006, Best Film – Ecocinema IFF Athens 2006, Best Feature Length Documentary – Ashland Independent FF 2007, Special Jury Prize – Mexico City International Contemporary FF (FICCO) 2007, Adolf-Grimme Award 2008

Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Nikolaus Geyrhalter is a director, producer, and cameraman, born in Vienna in 1972. In 1994, when he was 22 years old, he founded his own production company Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion which focuses on documentaries and amateur fiction. He made his first film, Eisenerz, in 1992. Two years later, he shot his first documentary, Washed Ashore (1994) narrating a story about the river Danube and often strange idiosyncrasies of the people who live along its banks. Geyrhalter’s static-camera, well-paced observational films tackle their subjects head-on, whether it’s exploring the terrain in Chernobyl, Ukraine (Pripyat, 1999), tracing the route of the Dakar Rally (7915 KM, 2008), or investigating the production of processed foods (Our Daily Bread, 2005). In 2003, he received the Austrian State Award for Film Art and in 2008 his film Our Daily Bread won the Grimme Prize. Throughout the years, his films were nominated for and won numerous other awards in the world’s most renowned festivals, including (among others) IDFA, the Berlinale, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, IndieLisboa, DocSheffield, Cinéma du Réel, Diagonale, and, most recently, Locarno.


1994 Washed Ashore
1997 The Year After Dayton
1999 Pripyat
2001 Elsewhere
2005 Our Daily Bread
2008 7915 KM
2010 Allentsteig (TV)
2011 Abendland
2012 Danube Hospital (TV)
2013 Cern (TV)
2015 Over the Years
2016 Homo Sapiens
2018 The Border Fence
2019 Earth
2022 Matter Out of Place