What would happen if a spaceship orbiting the Earth could not return to its base because the conditions on our planet had become unliveable? For the astronauts, the only way out would be to find another place to settle. But the data reported by the Galileo probe, sent onto the surface of another planet, is not reassuring. Going there would be suicide. This discomforting idea is illustrated by the words of an alien, back from a failed mission to integrate his community with the existing one on Earth. The extraterrestrials come from “the wild blue yonder”, from a planet composed of liquid helium, immersed in an entirely frozen atmosphere. —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
A strange pieced together follow-up to the concepts behind Fata Morgana. And it felt like piece work. Granted the cinematography was good, the music was haunting and poignant but the actual concept was a bit weak. It was difficult to really invest when I'd seen the half the scenes before in Encounters, and usually Herzog's dialogue some how just works in his voice but having an absurd character was distracting.