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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jan 23-Feb7: Werner Herzog - The Filmmaker: Exhibition + Film @ MMB 
"Greetings from the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan!

"I'm looking for a new grammar of images, for images that fit our era, images never yet seen." - Werner Herzog

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan cordially invites you to a double feature on Werner Herzog the well-known German filmmaker - an exhibition of powerful photographs by Beat Presser and a series of ten films by the award-winning director. The event will be inaugurated on January 23rd at 6.30 p.m. with an Introduction to Werner Herzog - The Filmmaker by writer and film critic, Mr. M.K.Raghavendra.

Event: Werner Herzog - The Filmmaker       Exhibition + Film
Inauguration: January 23, 6.30 p.m.
Exhibition: Werner Herzog: Film has to be physical
January 23 - February 7, 2009    9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Film Series: Werner Herzog - Retrospective
January 24 - February 6, 2009    6.30 p.m. (See screening schedule)
Venue: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Free Entry. All are welcome!

For further details, please call the Bhavan (25205305/6/7/8) or visit our website:

Werner Herzog has always demanded a physical force of conviction from his films. For him, the credibility of an image comes from his really having experienced it, a process that can take him to the limits of endurance. Herzog describes directing, too, primarily as "athletic work". Beat Presser, who worked on three Herzog films as a stills photographer, successfully captures this physical dimension. His photos show the director in action, running or giving instructions; he becomes visible as the impassioned creator and tireless motor of his films.

Born in September 1942 in Munich, Germany, Herzog's first feature film, Signs of Life (1968), was awarded the German Film Prize and the Berlin Festival's Silver Bear for the best debut. Films like Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) established Herzog's international reputation as a film auteur. In 1978, Herzog
began closer collaboration with Klaus Kinski, and the films Nosferatu, The Vampyre and Woyzeck earned them both due recognition even in Germany. There was a growing public perception of Herzog as an eccentric director who would stop at nothing to realise his visions.  Since 1969, Herzog has made more than twenty television documentaries. In this
field, too, his interest has been in extraordinary life stories from all over the world. He has also directed operas to much acclaim. Werner Herzog lives in Los Angeles.

The attachment contains further details on the exhibition and the films, including synopses and screening schedule. 

May we request you to give wide coverage to the event and depute your art and film critics to view and review the exhibition and films.

Thank you as always for your cooperation,

Sincerely yours, "


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