Previously at the ICA - Seasons
23 Dec 2011 – 8 Jan 2012
Director Werner Herzog is a legend. With over fifty fiction and documentary films behind him, he shows little sign of slowing down. Currently at the top of his game with the recent groundbreaking 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and his forthcoming Death Row film Into the Abyss: Tale of Death, Tale of Life, Herzog continues to probe the absurdities and profundities of life in his own idiosyncratic style.
As a Christmas treat, the ICA is delighted to be screening two brand new restorations of perhaps his most iconic films, Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo. The shear breadth and intensity of his unique vision has never looked better than in these two masterpieces – essential viewing for any lover of cinema. Herzog’s films are often about individuals whose ambition seems to raise them above ordinary mortals, yet kept in check by the unforgiving power of nature. As, transfixed, you watch these two films unfold you can’t help wonder how on earth they even exist, how such impossible visions were realised by a humble film crew. To try and answer that we’re also showing Les Blank’s incredible documentary Burden of Dreams about the making of Fitzcarraldo – perhaps the most ambitious act of lunacy and bravado ever committed to film. If you’ve never seen these films before, prepare to be awestruck.