Werner Herzog Receives Retrospektive at 4+1 Festival

8:25 AM PST 10/17/2012 by Scott Roxborough
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The German director will be honored at the pan-national event, held in five cities simultaneously.

COLOGNE, Germany - Legendary German director Werner Herzog will be honored at this year's 4+1 Film Festival, a pan-national festival which will be held simultaneously in the cities of Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 21-25.

Herzog will attend the festival in Rio de Janeiro, the official headquarters for the third edition of the 4+1 fest, where he will present some of his films as well as teach a masterclass that will be broadcast live on line.

The festival will focus its retrospective on Herzog's documentary work, including Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1998) - remade as the drama Rescue Dawn (2006) starring Christian Bale - the death row doc Into the Abyss (2011) and My Best Fiend (1999), in which Herzog examines his turbulent, and productive, collaboration with the late actor Klaus Kinski. But the festival will also show Herzog's horror film Nosferatu, The Vampyre (1978) and the sci-fi film The Wild Blue Yonder (2005).

Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, programmer for the 4+1 Festival said he had deliberately chose films from Herzog productive career that pay tribute "both to his ability to surprise, his steadfastness in refusing to follow fads and staying true to himself and also to his unique understanding of cinema which seems to secretly link poetry, documentary and science fiction together.”

The master class, titled "A Meeting with Werner Herzog," will be held on Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro and will be streamed live on-line at www.festival4mas1.com.

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