“Offers one arresting visual marvel after another and should render contrite all who say there is nothing left for movies to show us that we haven’t seen before.” — Scott Foundas, Variety
12.00pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova
Werner Herzog | Germany, USA | 2007 | 99 mins
In this special retrospective screening of his 2007 classic Encounters at the End of the World, cinema’s most intrepid anthropologist Werner Herzog sets his sights on McMurdo Station, the headquarters of the US National Science Foundation in Antarctica.
Here lies an almost alien world, where bitter frost and molten lava collide, the ground is but an icy canopy to the frozen sea below, and a hidden society lives right at the edge of civilisation.
Perennially fascinated by those who confront humanity’s struggle with nature head-on, Herzog encounters an eccentric gallery of volcanologists, ecologists and glaciologists, who have fled modern life to study our planet and the possibility of its forthcoming extinction.
Combining breathtaking photography of the Antarctic’s majestic landscapes and candid interviews to explore the mystery behind this hidden community, Herzog examines the individual motives for being drawn to this desolate ground in the name of environmental science. The result is an unparalleled view of human endeavour, manifest in one of the most inaccessible regions on Earth. Like so many of Herzog’s films, Encounters finds familiarity in the absurd, with McMurdo Station a power symbol for the many quirks of the natural world, the people in it and the fragility of our shared existence.
This film will screen with a short film made by Community Grocers thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.
This session screens-to-back with Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, as part of a special 'Herzog Then and Now' retrospective. Join us for one or both films.
Each session: $15 + booking fee.
James Thompson - Filmmaker, lecturer
This session will be introduced by James Thompson, a filmmaker and lecturer based in Melbourne. He has completed a series of shorts with an accompanying array of experimental video and photography work. He is currently completing a practice led PhD at MADA (fine arts) Monash University. He is a long-term regular fixture of the RMIT University cinema studies program.