DOK Film Talks
A CONVERSATION WITH WERNER HERZOG
Werner Herzog often portrays humans caught in extreme situations. Whether it’s face-to-face with a real live grizzly bear, or waiting for a volcano to erupt or the execution of a prisoner on Death Row, Herzog’s protagonists are often confronted with existential challenges. How does he find his subjects and how does he deal with these experiences himself?
Herzog will speak with Kristina Jaspers, curator of the homage, about his most important documentary films, with a particular emphasis on his work from recent years. The majority of these films were made in the USA, and only a limited number of them have received theatrical releases in Germany.
Werner Herzog is without a doubt among the most influential German filmmakers in the history of cinema. Over the course of his career as a director, he has made more than 60 documentary and feature films, in a time where the two genres experience unparalleled fluidity. Herzog’s work is defined by the pursuit of unusual lines of inquiry, capturing novel images in ways we have never seen before.
With the aid of film excerpts, in this special talk Werner Herzog will relate details from his productions and also speak about his own film academy, the “Rogue Film School”. In addition lesser-known aspects of Herzog’s work will be discussed, including his cameos in animated films, appearances as an actor and highly successful art installation “Hearsay of the Soul”.
Tue 30 Oct
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Kristina Jaspers, Curator, Berlin
Werner Herzog, Filmmaker, Munich/Los Angeles
The years around 1968 are often associated exclusively with the student movement, protests and street fighting. But what was going on outside of the centres of revolt during this highly charged period? What were the filmmakers on the periphery watching, where were they pointing their cameras and microphones? How did the echoes of the chanting crowds resonate out in the countryside? What were the differences between the West’s ’68 and its Eastern counterpart?
Where was the centre located, where was its blurred edge? And what sort of influence did the era’s unorthodox acts of medial self-empowerment have, which, although they perhaps didn’t manage to turn the dominant media paradigm upside down, nonetheless made significant contributions to the diversity of the period’s cinematography.
A lively exchange between filmmakers, curators and historians looking back at the era to accompany the retrospective.
Tue 30 Oct
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig
Barbara Wurm, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
Claudia von Alemann, Filmmaker and Professor, Cologne/Havanna
Michael G. Esch, Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa, Leipzig
Federico Rossin, Cinéma du Réel, Paris
In cooperation with Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa
LITHUANIAN DOCUMENTARIES – A POETIC LOOK AT REALITY
Two of the most prominent new Lithuanian directors, Giedrė Žickytė and Mindaugas Survila, both with films in the Lithuanian Country Focus, will talk about and show examples from their country’s beautiful tradition of documentary cinema. They are members of a new generation of filmmakers; with their own unique style but who maintain a bridge and bear influence of those who came before, including old masters who made films during the Soviet occupation.
According to Country Focus curator and filmmaker Audrius Stonys, the poetic school of Lithuanian documentary ‘created an independent world, free from Soviet ideology, lies, and propaganda. It was a declaration of inner freedom. The black and white world of poetic documentary films was full of colours. Sadness was full of joy. And joy was touched by deep existential sadness.’
Žickytė & Survila will also discuss their own films, on working internationally in a European market, the demands of television – and how they strive to keep their own voice. This meeting is an invitation to explore a unique documentary cinema tradition before and after independence, a wave of a personal free visual language that celebrates life and humanity.
Tue Steen Müller, the moderator of the session has followed the Lithuanian documentary scene for 25 years.
Thu 1 Nov
Tue Steen Müller, Film Critic and Consultant, Copenhagen
Mindaugas Survila, Filmmaker, Vilnius
Giedrė Žickytė, Filmmaker, Vilnius
In cooperation with the Lithuanian Film Centre in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Federal Republic of Germany and the NGO Meno avilys.