12.00pm and 2.15pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova
In celebration of Werner Herzog’s body of work exploring environmental themes, EFFA is screening the preeminent filmmaker’s 2007 Academy Award-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, followed by his new film, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.
Join us for one or both films at this special back-to-back screening.
Tickets for individual films are $21.50 each, or $30 for both films. Booking fee applies.
See below for film synopses.
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
“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.
NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN
“Duplicating many of Chatwin’s most notable journeys, Herzog evokes the late English wanderer’s restless soul and curious fascination with profound issues that have long captivated the director.” – Variety
2.15pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova
Werner Herzog | UK | 2019 | 89 mins
Hovering between a love letter and celebration of the nomadic lifestyle, this latest documentary from prolific and revered filmmaker Werner Herzog doubles as a personal exploration of the junction between the spiritual and the natural, and a warming tribute to a friend.
Gifted with the rucksack of wandering adventurer and writer Bruce Chatwin upon his passing in 1989, Nomad follows Herzog as he sets upon his own nomadic journey, carried out in Chatwin’s spirit.
Traversing the caves of Patagonia, the serene countryside of Wales and the ethereal Australian outback, Herzog leads us through a diverse collection of spaces through which the significance of tradition, storytelling and the enigmatic connection humans share with landscapes intersect.
Sharing captivating voices, this is a revealing, sprawling work, woven together by Herzog’s glowing affection for a man he considered to be a kindred spirit, and the director’s typically impassioned, inimitable style.
Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.