Fata Morgana 1971 G

2.45PM Sat 10 Jun 2017 (1hr 19mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

'Fata Morgana' was a difficult film to make, but I learnt how to wrestle something creative from a bad set of circumstances and come up with something clear, transparent and pure.

Fata Morgana will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

Fata Morgana ('a mirage') is a visual poem – a film borne from footage Herzog shot in and around the Sahara Desert, at first in the hopes of crafting a science-fiction film before eventually painting a dystopian portrait of our own planet. The film is split into three sections: Creation, Paradise, and The Golden Age. The incredible, mesmerising footage is accompanied by German classical masses, folk ballads by Leonard Cohen, and readings from a Herzog-penned imitation of the Guatemalan holy text The Popul Vuh. Fata Morgana is a hypnotising vision of a planet left to ruin - unfathomable and entrancing.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 79 MINS, WEST GERMANY, GERMAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WERNER HERZOG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JÖRG SCHMIDT-REITWEIN / EDITOR: BEATE MAINKA-JELLINGHAUS / PRODUCTION CO: WERNER HERZOG FILMPRODUKTION / PRINT SOURCE: DEUTSCHE KINEMATHEK / RIGHTS: WERNER HERZOG FILM GMBH / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM