Astronautic engineer Graham Dorrington tries his hand at a journey towards the massive waterfalls of Kaieteur, in the heart of Guyana, hoping that his helium dirigible successfully passes over the treetops. His undertaking is not without risks: twelve years earlier, a similar expedition had attempted to fly over this extraordinary rainforest habitat, but it culminated in the tragic death of Dieter Plage, a friend of Dorrington. Werner Herzog is among the protagonists of the expedition, departing in a new prototype dirigible to observe the lost world of this uncontaminated rainforest, one of the least explored territories on the planet. He films and tells this astonishing story in an extraordinary “truth-documentary”. —Thessaloniki International Film Festival
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
Definitely my favourite of all documentary filmmakers is director Werner Herzog, and this is one of his best. Full of breathtaking imagery shot above the treetops of Guyana and the amazing Kaieteur Falls, where a highly aerial bird called the Swift lives in mysterious caves. The film takes on an almost spiritual dimension via Herzog's unique knack for finding human idiosyncrasies to aid his existentialist enquiries.
I think this is a pretty underrated Herzog doc. Like Encounters At The End Of The World, it's about many things-hopes,fears,dreams,regret and just life itself. It's a beautiful documentary. I'm going to give it a 4.5 for now but if you ask me sometime in the near future it could very well become a 5.