Fata Morgana

Synopsis: Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen.
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: Kinowelt Home Entertainment
79 min

And it is told how once...

...the earth swayed in deep quiet...

...swayed in deep silence,

r ested in stillness...

...softly r ocking, and lay ther e,

lonely and void.

And this is the first testimony...

...the first word.

Ther e was no man...

... nor beast, fowl, fish, crab, tr ee...

...stone, cave, gorge,

grass-tuft, nor bush...

Only the heavens wer e ther e.

lnvisible was the face of the earth.

Only the seas gather ed

under the firmament...

That was all.

Nothing was ther e to take form...

...or become audible...

... nothing to move, trickle...

...or rush under the firmament.

Ther e was only the nothingness.

Only the waters gather ed together...

...only the sea lay calmly ther e,

one single surging sea.

Truly nothing was ther e,

which might otherwise have existed.

Only the cr eatr ess was ther e

and the cr eator...

...the Mighty and Cucumatz,

Herself, the child-bear er...

...and the begetter of sons wer e

ther e upon the unfathomable waters.

Omniscient and omnipotent

was their essence.

And likewise ther e

truly was Heaven...

...and also the ''Heart of Heaven'' ...

...this is the name of the God...

...this is how He is named.

And his word came thither...

... unto the Mighty and to Cucumatz...

...wher e ther e was

darkness and night...

...and talked to the Mighty

and to Cucumatz.

And they talked and

bethought themselves...

...and consider ed car efully,

took council among themselves...

...and br ought their words

and considerations into accord.

Ther e emerged fr om their plans

the dawning of a light...

...and the conception of man.

And then they ponder ed the spr outing,

the gr owing of tr ees and cr eepers...

...the springing up of life...

...and the cr eation of mankind

in darkness and night.

...on the str ength of Him,

who is the ''Heart of Heaven'' ...

...and whose name is Huracan.


is his first appearance...

...the second is


...the third, at last, is gr een-lightning.

By these thr ee is the

''Heart of Heaven'' encompassed.

And they came to the Mighty

and to Cucumatz...

...and consider ed light and life...

''ln what manner shall life be sown...

...and how shall light shine?

Who shall be our ward and keeper?

O that it may come to pass!

This thou shalt ponder!

Recede o ye waters,

abate ye fr om the earth!

Let ther e be earth and her union...

...and she shall become level...

...so that life can be sown...

...so that light shall be

in heaven and on earth.

For ther e is no splendor

nor r enown, nor glory...

... in this, our work, our cr eation...

... lest man be built, man be cr eated.''

Thus spake they.

And earth was cr eated by them.

Y es indeed, thus it came forth.

So that earth might come forth

they said...

...''Earth'', and at once it appear ed.

Mer ely like a cloud, like unto a haze

when it first took shape...

... in its first manifestation.

Then the mountains wer e heard

rising out of the waters...

...and they wer e majestic instanter.

And Cucumatz r ejoiced...

...''lt was good that thou

camest down unto us...

...thou 'Heart of Heaven',

thou Huracan...

...thou Tom-thumb-lightning,

thou gr een-lightning!''

''Our cr eation and our work

will be well-made,'' spake they.

Earth, the mountains, the plains

thus came forth.

And everywher e the courses

of the rivers wer e set...

They meander ed and wound...

...at the foot of the mountains

and between them.

Well-parted the rivers wer e...

...after the high mountains

had come forth into light.

Thus came this earth into being.

And further they now thought

out the beasts of the mountains...

...the keepers of all for ests,

the inhabitants of the mountains...

...the stag, fowl, puma, and jaguar...

...the snake, rattle-snake, and viper,

the wards of the cr eepers.

And the child-bear er and the

begetter of the sons spake...

''Shall it be all void...

...shall it be all still under

the tr ees and cr eepers?

Would not it be wise now...

...to have somebody watch

over them?'' spake they...

... bethinking themselves and taking

council the one with the other.

At once the stag and

the fowl wer e shaped...

...and now they showed the stag

and the fowl their habitation...

''Thou, stag, shalt sleep near the

course of the river, in the gorges...

... her e thou shalt dwell,

betwixt grass-bushels and herbs.

ln the for ests shalt thou multiply!

Let it be so !'' they said unto them.

Then the small birds and the

big birds r eceived their abode...

''Y e birds of the tr ee-tops

and the cr eepers...

... may ye dwell and nest her e !

Her e may ye br eed and multiply

on the branches of the tr ees...

...and on the tendrils and cr eepers.''

So it was told to

the stags and the fowl.

Thus was the earth

haunted by them...

...and each was given his bed

and his r esting place.

ln this manner, the child-bear er

and begetter of sons...

...gave the beasts of the earth

their habitation...

...thus all the stags and

fowl became alive.

And the stags and fowl wer e told

by the cr eatr ess and the cr eator...

... by the child-bear er and

the begetter of sons...

''Speak orderly...

...do not clamor or

shout without sense...

...speak coher ently...

...everyone in his manner...

...everyone after his family...

...everyone after his kind.''

However, it came to pass

that they spake...

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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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