Encounters At the End of the World (2007) - Oscar ® Nominee!
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|Welcome to antarctica - like you've never experienced it. You've seen the extraordinary marine life, the retreating glaciers and, of course, the penguins, but leave it to award winning iconoclastic filmmaker werner herzog to be the first to explore the south pole's most fascinating inhabitants...Humans.|
"Dazzling! Los Angeles Times
"...as fascinating as it is humbling, even when Herzog ventures a little too far down eccentricity's back alley. Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail
"An engaging and generous profile of the fascinating folks who have chosen to live at the end of the world. Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Hauntingly beautiful! The New York Times
Editor's NoteWerner Herzog returns to the non-fiction world once again with ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, his latest exploration into the dangerous beauty that exists in nature. This time, Herzog travels to Antarctica in order to deliver a funny, visually arresting, dreamlike glimpse into Earth's most mysterious continent. Herzog begins by interviewing the many bizarre and unique individuals who have chosen to live and work in the secluded, frozen McMurdo Station. These characters aren't far removed from Herzog's quirkiest narrative features; as he interrogates them, it is clear just how amused he is by their off-kilter personalities. After a while, he leaves the humans behind in order to focus on the creatures that populate the continent--most notably, seals and penguins. In one unforgettable sequence, a lone penguin breaks off from the pack and ventures off into the distance, never to be heard from again. Herzog's subsequent questioning of an expert, in which he contemplates a penguin's ability to become deranged, is the director at his most overtly humorous--but there's a sincerity to his questioning that keeps it from sarcasm. The film builds to a gorgeous, haunting conclusion, in which producer/composer/cohort Henry Kaiser takes a camera along with him deep into the sea, under all of that ice, at which point we are exposed to magical visions that feel downright otherworldly. Deftly balancing humor and seriousness, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD is another gem in Herzog's already legendary canon.
Cast & Crew
|Henry Kaiser - Composer|
|Julian P. Hobbs - Executive Producer|
|Werner Herzog - Screenwriter|
|David Lindley - Composer|
|Henry Kaiser - Producer|
|Phil Fairclough - Executive Producer|
|Dave Harding - Executive Producer|
|Peter Zeitlinger - Director of Photography|
|Erik Nelson - Executive Producer|
|Werner Herzog - Narrator|
|Werner Herzog - Director|
Independent Spirit (2009)
|Werner Herzog, Nominee, Best Documentary|
|Werner Herzog, Henry Kaiser, Nominee, Best Documentary, Features|