Sunday 29 June 2008

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog has always been one of the most interesting and odd film directors around, but recently he has also become one of the most environmentally aware too. His recent films (including Grizzly Man and The Wild Blue Yonder) have taken a provocative look at the state of the world. Encounters at the End of the World (showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival) sees the director taking a trip to Antarctica, meeting some of the scientists, engineers and philosophers who work there as well as visiting seal colonies and penguin colonies and showing stunning scenes of life under the sea ice (using the same undersea cameraman as in The Wild Blue Yonder, whose name escapes me...). Its a brilliant film and avoids the tiresomeness that can sometimes creep into Herzog's work. A great way to end my viewings at the Film Festival.

But when is Herzog's great film about the nature of truth Incident at Loch Ness going to be released? It was the best film by far at the Film Festival about three years ago and really deserves to be released into cinemas in the UK (Or maybe I blinked and missed it....)

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