19 July 2011

Wednesday 20 July / 6.30pm / The Box
£5/ £4 (FACT Members & concs)

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We have always been fans of Herzog at FACT, especially after the satellite Q&A with him in March this year. So we just had to include his films in the public programme for our current nature-centric exhibition, Worlds in the Making.  Our Programme Producer at FACT, Omar Kholeif, chose these two documentaries as examples of human nature and mother nature intermingling on the big screen.
 

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The Double Bill will kick-off with the short 1977 documentary, La Soufrière. Upon hearing about the imminent explosion of the volcano, La Soufrière, on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Herzog is immediately on the scene with his film crew. He finds that everyone has left except a few peasants who have refused to leave so the authorities had left them behind. The film contains eerie scenes of an abandon city in the wake of its destruction and interviews with the men about their impending death.
 

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Encounters at the End of the World is about the hidden society that exists at the end of the world. The tag line for the film is, “off the map, things can get strange”, which sets the scene for Herzog’s discoveries. One thousand men and women live together under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science as part of the US Antarctic programme. The imagery in the film of the Antarctic landscapes is truly phenomenal, but then again we would expect nothing less from a Herzog documentary. 
 

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For more information about the double bill and to book your tickets, visit the FACT website here. You can also book your tickets in person at the Box Office or by calling 0871 902 5737.
 

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If you missed it the on it’s release, Picturehouse will be screening the most recent of Herzog’s documentaries, Cave of Forgotten Dreams as part of their new Screen Arts festival. This will be on Sunday 31 July at 1.30pm. You can buy tickets online here or again in person or by calling the Box Office. The Screen Arts programme will continue over summer and brings dance, opera and theatre to the big screen as well as themed films and documentaries. For full listings please visit FACT’s website

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