FITZCARRALDO Director Werner HERZOG will attend the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival
Dec 19, 2017

19 December 2017 (Hong Kong) --( ASIA TODAY )-- Werner HERZOG, one of cinema’s most celebrated and internationally recognized filmmakers will attend the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF42). This will be HERZOG’s first visit to the Festival and he will be honored by a retrospective of his films, giving local audiences a rare opportunity to watch more than 20 of his classics that reflect his frantic imagination and poetic stylization. HERZOG will conduct a masterclass for the public. This special programme is organized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative and German Films.

A legendary figure of the New German Cinema, HERZOG’s compulsive drive for authenticity and unyielding pursuit of extraordinary vision has earned him the reputation of being a filmmaker of extraordinary daring and risks. Prolific in both narrative and documentaries, he has directed more than 50 feature films, searching for reality in fiction and finding inspiration in extremes. His latest work, Into the Inferno (2016), is an exploration of the precariousness of human existence through the ravishingly beautiful shots of deadly lava eruptions. HERZOG will conduct a master class following the screening of this film.

HKIFF42 will also present four of his restored classics during the festival period from 19 March to 5 April 2018, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), voted one of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Movies. HERZOG’s vision of madness and the delusion of power at the time of the conquistadors in South America was perfectly expressed by the manic performance of Klaus KINSKI, the actor who represents both HERZOG’s muse and nemesis. The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974), winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes, evokes a dreamlike meditation on the nature of civilization; while Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) interprets the classic silent film of German auteur F.W.MURNAU, with a new kind of romanticism fusing expressionistic horror and poetic beauty; he revisited South America again with Klaus KINSKI in the title role of Fitzcarraldo (1982), an early 20th century man determined to haul a steamship overland to further his exploitation of rubber production in the Amazon basin. The film earned HERZOG the Cannes Best Director Award, and remains one of the most quixotic productions both on and off screen in modern cinema.

Ahead of HKIFF42, audiences can get an advance review of his early works in Cine Fan Jan/Feb programmes. These include Signs of Life (1968), his debut feature that took home the Berlinale Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury; the weird yet metaphorical Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) and the hypnotic Heart of Glass (1976) performed by actors under hypnosis; plus My Best Fiend (1999), an essential documentary about his love-hate relationship with KINSKI. More films are lined up for the Cine Fan Apr/May programmes, with details to be announced later. For more information, please visit the official website:

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About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films.

Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. For the past seven years, HKIFF has also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will world premiere at HKIFF.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. Festival-goers enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, participate in receptions and parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 300 local and international members of the press and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia.

The 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF42) will be held from 19 March to 5 April 2018.

About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

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