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Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions

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We are proud to present a retrospective of the great German filmmaker Werner Herzog, focusing on with the legendary auteur’s fiction films. From the deepest jungles to the American heartland, Herzog’s epic fictions explore visionary characters living extraordinary lives.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1974

Kaspar Hauser lives locked in a cellar, where he cannot see or speak to anyone. One day, a mysterious man pulls him out, teaches him to walk and talk, and then leaves him in the middle of a town square with a letter in his hand addressed to the authorities. Kaspar’s journey begins…

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1979

Sent to Transylvania to negotiate for a house purchased by the monstrous Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker leaves his idyllic town, turning a deaf ear to his wife Lucy’s ill omens. Soon, Jonathan finds himself trapped, and Dracula descends from the mountains towards Lucy, with death and plague in tow.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1972

The legend of El Dorado, a land rich in gold tempts Gonzalo Pizarro to lead an expedition beyond the Andes in 1560. Forced to halt, two men are sent downriver with a patrol. When their rafts are damaged, one decides to return on the camp, while Aguirre leads a mutiny and takes charge of the patrol.

Even Dwarfs Started Small

Werner Herzog West Germany, 1970

In a police station a dwarf is seated on a chair. He is photographed and then interrogated about acts of violence he committed during a revolt. The story thus turns back in time, to when the dwarfs, detained in a correction facility, took advantage of the director’s absence to rebel.

Where the Green Ants Dream

Werner Herzog Australia, 1984

The Ayers Mining Company is conducting research for uranium extraction in Aborigine lands. The Aborigines resist, as constant explosions could destroy a place they consider sacred because, according to their mythology, it is where the green ants dream of the creation of the world.