Encounters at the End of the World

Synopsis: 'Werner Herzog' takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions. A scientist studies neutrinos, which are everywhere, yet elusive; he likens them to spirits. A researcher's nighttime performance art includes contorting her body into a luggage bag. A survival guide teaches his students to survive white-out conditions by wearing cartoon-face buckets over their heads. Animal researchers milk mother seals as part of their study. Volcanologists offer advice on what to do when a volcano erupts. A pipefitter shows us the anomaly in his hands that he says are a sign he descended from Atzec royalty. A former Colorado banker drives what he has christened Ivan the Terra Bus. An underwater diver shows his colleagues DVDs of apocalyptic sci-fi films like Them! (1954). And -- though Herzog declares he's not "making another film about penguins" -- we meet a penguin researcher who answers the
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: ThinkFilm
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
80
Rotten Tomatoes:
94%
G
Year:
2007
99 min
$723,966
Website
49 Views

and with the Argonauts

and to those strange and amazing lands,

and that always stayed with me,

that fascination of the world,

and that I fell in love with the world

And it's been very powerful

and has been with me this whole time

HERZOG:
And how does it happen that

we are encountering each other here

at the end of the world?

I think that it's a logical place to find

each other because this place works

almost as a natural selection for people that

have this intention to jump

off the margin of the map,

and we all meet here where

all the lines of the map converge

PASHO V There is no point that is

south of the South Pole

And I think there is a fair amount

of the population here

which are full-time travelers

and part-time workers

So yes, those are the professional dreamers

They dream all the time,

and, I think, through them

the great cosmic dreams come into fruition,

because the universe dreams

through our dreams,

and I think that there is

many different ways for the reality

to bring itself forward, and dreaming

is definitely one of those ways

HERZOG As banal as McMurdo appears,

it turns out it is filled

with these professional dreamers

At night, I was laying

in my bed here in McMurdo

I am again walking across the top of B-15

Might as well be

on a piece of the South Pole,

but yet I'm actually adrift in the ocean,

a vagabond floating in the ocean,

and below my feet

I can feel the rumble of the iceberg

I can feel the change, the cry of the iceberg

as it's screeching

and as it's bouncing off the seabed,

as it's steering the ocean currents,

as it's beginning to move north

I can feel that sound coming up

through the bottoms of my feet

and telling me that this iceberg

is coming north That's my dream

So here I'm sitting in this lovely warm lab

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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