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Scarecrow and SAM present 4 Herzog films in November

Scarecrow Video and Seattle Art Museum present the North American Premiere of Werner Herzogs The Wild Blue Yonder and the Seattle Premiere of Wheel of Time, Lessons of Darkness, and White Diamond

 

Werner Herzogs deeply personal, uncompromising documentaries and fiction films (Fata Morgana, Aguirre the Wrath of God, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Fitzcarraldo) made him a pioneer of the New German Cinema in the 1970s and early 1980s. A poetic fartraveler of the mind and body, Herzog is obsessed with the loneliness and alienation of the human condition, and the outsiders and holy fools who, in pushing themselves to psychological and physical extremes, touch the hidden source of ecstatic truths. A philosopher and a magician, Herzog conjures visions that reveal the metaphysical core of everyday reality. Herzogs romantic quest to find new images imbues even his documentaries with the resonance of myth, as in 2005s powerful Grizzly Man.

 

Werner Herzog has said he will be present to introduce and discuss all films.

 

For tickets call Scarecrow Video, 206-524-8554. Tickets per film: $12 general public, $10 SAM, SIFF Group &Warren Report members.

 

11/8/2005 : 7:30 p.m.

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

This film, which has been called a scif-fi IMAX movie, wowed film critics

from London to Hollywood to Rome at the recent Venice Film Festival,

where the picture won a special award. The Wild Blue Yonder combines

existential mystery, deadpan humor and earthly/cosmic beauty in a

mesmerizing flow of images and sound. A space alien with attitude (Brad

Dourif) chronicles the history of his people on our planet and asks us

troubling questions. When earthlings journey to Dourifs world they make

some startling discoveries. 90 min.

 

11/8/2005: 9:15 p.m.

Lessons of Darkness (1992)

Herzog calls this the sister film of The Wild Blue Yonder. Its a

breathtakingly beautiful experience of hell, as men dressed like

astronauts try to extinguish the monstrous roaring columns of oil-well

fires ignited by the Desert Storm war in Kuwait. 50 min.

Tuesday, November 8

 

11/9/2005: 7:30 p.m.

Wheel of Time (2003)

In this film, which features the compassionate presence of the Dali

Lama, Herzogs presentation of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage rituals

involving 500,000 people becomes a plea for political and spiritual

freedom. 80min.

 

11/9/2005 9:15 p.m.

The White Diamond (2004)

We follow Herzog into the lost world of the pristine Guyanan rainforest,

where Dieter Dorrington will attempt to explore the region in a helium

balloona feat Dorringtons friend died trying to accomplish 12 years

earlier. 87 min.

 

*Special work-in-progress screening!*

Sunday, November 6 / 7:3 0 p.m.

Walking to Werner

 

Well start our Werner Herzog celebration with the premiere of the compelling documentary Walking to Werner. In 1983 Herzog walked from Germany to Paris to see his dying mentor, film historian Lotte Eisner. And in 2005 Northwest filmmaker Linas Phillips left the Seattle city limits on foot, vowing to walk all the way to Werner Herzogs house in Los Angeles. With his long blond hair and determined face, Linas reminds us of Klaus Kinski as he acts out his obsessive inspiration , his physical ordeal becoming a spiritual journey. 98 min.

 

Linas Phillips will be present to discuss his film, and this screening will be a benefit for him. Tickets: $10 general public and SAM members

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