Über die Jahre (Over the Years). 2015. Austria. Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. In German; English subtitles. 188 min.
Though he is known for the epic scope of such films as Abendland (a Doc Fortnight 2012 standout about the domineering nature of technology), Geyrhalter’s newest work examines the lives of an unassuming group of seven workers who lose their jobs when an old textile factory closes. Shot in the Waldviertel region of Lower Austria between 2004 and 2014, the film follows the end of the traditional industrial era and slowly reveals how people cope with change. The director’s keen sense of storytelling, sensitive revelations about the protagonists’ lives, and close working relationship with longtime editor Wolfgang Widerhofer make this span of 10 years seamlessly engaging.