Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Directed byJennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Edward Burtynsky
Narrated byAlicia Vikander
CinematographyNicholas de Pencier
Release date
  • September 13, 2018 (2018-09-13) (TIFF)[1]
  • September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28)
Running time
87 minutes
Box office$753,488[2][3]

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a Canadian documentary film that premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[4] The third film in a series of collaborations between filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier with photographer Edward Burtynsky, following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark, the film explores the emerging concept of a geological epoch called the Anthropocene, defined by the impact of humanity on natural development.[5] It is part of the larger Anthropocene Project which includes museum shows that opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada in September 2018[5] and the publication of two books, one centered on essays, and the other one on photographs. The film is narrated by Alicia Vikander.

In December 2018, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list.[6] In January 2019, it was announced as the winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association,[7] and of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for Best Canadian Documentary Film.[8]

The film won two Canadian Screen Awards at the 7th Canadian Screen Awards in 2019, for Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Cinematography in a Documentary (de Pencier).


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 90% based on reviews from 29 critics.[9]

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  1. ^ "TIFF Review: ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’". Point of View, September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Human Epoch (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Human Epoch (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "TIFF's Canadian lineup has titles by Denys Arcand, Jennifer Baichwal". CityNews, August 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Burtynsky's Anthropocene coming to the AGO in September 2018". Now, November 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "TIFF's Canada's Top Ten list skews a lot younger this year". Now, December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "'Anthropocene' named best Canadian feature by Toronto Film Critics Association". CityNews, January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Vancouver Film Critics Circle names Edge of the Knife top Canadian feature film". Toronto Star, January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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