Ecstatic Truth – The Documentary Films of Werner Herzog

Posted: May 16, 2012 by ivanvania in Uncategorized
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An important figure of the New German Cinema in 1970s, Werner Herzog is one of the most controversial and eccentric filmmakers in the world. His films often feature protagonists who are heroes confronting the nature, outsiders of the society, maniacs with impossible ambitions. In his Minnesota Declaration 1999, he criticises Cinéma Vérité in documentary filmmaking as the truth of accountants, and articulates what he calls the Esctatic Truth: “There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylisation.”

Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong proudly present a series of documentary by Herzog and one documentary on this renowned director. Dr. Chris Wahl, who has edited a book on Herzog, will host a special talk with Jimmy Choi, a film and documentary educator and practitioner. Not to be missed by German film fans and documentary lovers!

When: 17-20 May 2012
Where: Agnes b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre


《The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner》+《How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck》 17 May 2012 Thu 19:30
《Wings of Hope》+《To the End – and then a Bit Further – Werner Herzog》 18 May 2012 Fri 19:30
《Lessons of Darkness》+《La Soufrière》 19 May 2012 Sat 14:30
《Little Dieter Needs to Fly》 19 May 2012 Sat 19:30
《The White Diamond》 20 May 2012 Sun 14:30
《The Wild Blue Yonder》 20 May 2012 Sun 17:30
《Land of Silence and Darkness》 20 May 2012 Sun 19:30

Public Seminar: “Scripting” the Truth: On Werner Herzog’s Documentary Films

When: 19 May 2012 Sat 16:30
Where: Goethe-Gallery, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre

Conducted in English
Speaker: Dr. Chris Wahl (Film Scholar), Mr. Jimmy Choi (Film & Documentary Educator & Practitioner)
Free admission. Limited seats available. First-come-first-served.

Tickets: $50/30
Ticketing Enquiries: 852-27349009
Credit Card Telephone Booking Hotline: 852-21115999
Internet Booking:
Add: 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

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