Plastic Bag 2009 + Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 M

6.00PM Fri 2 Jun 2017 (1hr 57mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Plastic Bag 2009 (19 mins) Ages 12+

"I sent [Werner Herzog] the film, and he liked it. I remember very specifically, he said: 'I'm so glad this is not an agenda movie or I would run like mad and get away from here.' I mean, we can talk about sustainability issues, about plastic, about the Earth, but the movie's about something else, something more … it's about a journey" – Ramin Bahrani

A short film directed by acclaimed filmmaker, and friend of Werner Herzog, Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop 2007, 99 Homes 2015). The film follows a plastic bag as it floats through the world, searching for its Maker and a sense of meaning in a seemingly indifferent world. As the bag journeys across the country, through the sky and into the ocean, its thoughts and feelings are provided in narration, delivered by Herzog in his iconic Bavarian brogue. Plastic Bag is a deeply moving, and at times beguilingly comic, short film, beautifully rendered by Bahrani's skilful eye. While powerful on its own merits, it also provides a glimpse into the lasting influence Herzog has left on generations of filmmakers.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 (98 mins) M

When we speak of the horrors of the internet, it's not the internet we are talking about – it's humans. And human nature manifests itself in a way we have never seen before, because it's anonymous and it's on a massive scale. But it is not like nature, that is not it at all. It is human beings using the tool of the internet.

When exploring a subject as broad and impenetrable as the world of the internet, it helps to have a guide as singular and authoritative as Werner Herzog. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World is a terrifically entertaining examination of the joys and ordeals that the internet has wrought upon the world. As is often the case with Herzog's documentaries, it is the tributaries along the way that provide the most fascination: he investigates advances in Artificial Intelligence, robotics, the possibility of interplanetary travel, and a commune of people who have retreated to one of the few places in America not reached by radio signals. Lo and Behold is enthralling and often comic journey into the ever-expanding digital universe.

CREDITS

Plastic Bag 2009

DIGITAL, COLOUR, 19 MINS, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/EDITOR: RAMIN BAHRANI / SCRIPT: RAMIN BAHRANI, JENNI JENKINS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL SIMMONDS / PRODUCTION CO: GIGANTIC PICTURES, NORUZ FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: GIGANTIC PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016

HD, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 98 MINS, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WERNER HERZOG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: PETER ZEITLINGER / EDITOR: MARCO CAPALBO / PRODUCTION CO: NETSCOUT, PEREIRA & O'DELL ENTERTAINMENT, SAVILLE PRODUCTIONS, SKELLIG ROCK / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

M | Coarse language