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WILD BLUE YONDER, THE

Germany / France / UK, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Werner Herzog

“Astronauts lost in space, the secret Roswell object re-examined, an alien who tells us all about his home planet - the Wild Blue Yonder - where the atmosphere is composed of liquid helium and the sky frozen, is all part of my science-fiction fantasy.” - Werner Herzog
Herzog's self-professed “science-fiction fantasy” weaves real footage of deep-sea divers and astronauts - and the monologue of an alien (played, of course, by Brad Dourif) who settled on Earth long ago - to create an original, mesmerising tapestry.
Following two sets of space travellers - astronauts from Earth in search of a habitable planet and aliens who came to Earth to create a new settlement - The Wild Blue Yonder takes us across the universe to the title planet, a world covered by ocean with a frozen sky. Using lyrical images and a haunting soundtrack, Herzog creates an otherworldly ballet, which is at once thought-provoking, beautiful and absurd.
“The impersonal, irreducible otherness of nature, seen here as crushingly vast and beyond comprehension.” - Variety

D/P/S Werner Herzog WS Werner Herzog Film GmbH
TD 35mm/2005/81mins

Werner Herzog was born in Munich, Germany, in 1942. His films include Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Grizzly Man (2005, doco).

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