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Drafthouse and Participant Media Pick Up 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Before Venice Debut

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Austin-based Drafthouse Films and Participant Media are picking up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," the director's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing," which Drafthouse also released. "The Look of Silence" continues the story of Indonesian survivors begun by "The Act of Killing." The film explores the Indonesian genocide and legacy from the point-of-view of one male victim as he chases down his brother's killers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 1:44 PM
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First Image from Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Arrives as Director’s Films Stream on Fandor

Ubiquitous as always, there’s a whole lot more of Werner Herzog coming our way over the next few months. The upcoming 16-film Blu-ray set, arriving at the end of this month, would normally be plenty, but there's also his first narrative feature since 2009: "Queen of the Desert."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 15, 2014 2:36 PM
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Sixteen Classic Werner Herzog Films Will Be Streaming on Fandor

Werner Herzog's "Aguirre the Wrath of God"
Herzog fans, rejoice. Fandor has attained exclusive streaming rights for no less than 16 (!) of the German auteur's films. "Aguirre the Wrath of God" has its bow on April 10, with one new title launching each week through July 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2014 12:24 PM
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WATCH: Remember Roger Ebert with This Moving Appreciation of His Writings on Werner Herzog

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert's death and in memory of the late, great film critic who taught us all to love and appreciate film articulately, Fandor has put together a great video essay on Werner Herzog's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972), with snippets from Ebert's Great Movies review.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:59 PM
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Werner Herzog Lines Up Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson for 'Vernon God Little'

The marvelously unpredictable Werner Herzog is assembling quite the cast for "Vernon God Little," his adaptation of the darkly comedic novel by DBC Pierre about the aftermath of a school shooting. Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson are all set with roles in the film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 1:19 PM
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CINE-LIST: Five Must-See Survival Films

Clearly, the survival film is enjoying a renaissance. We as viewers have our pick of current survival films (think "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" or this weekend's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), but what are some classics of the genre worth revisiting? Cine-List has a few ideas.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 2:31 PM
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Werner Herzog on "Soldiers of Cinema," Eating His Shoe and More for Viral Don't Text While Driving Doc (WATCH VIDEO)

Werner Herzog has hit the media for his viral Don't Text While Driving 35-minute documentary "From One Second to the Next" (watch below), being interviewed on NPR this morning, and by the Hollywood Reporter yesterday as the 70-year-old director accepted a Lifetime Achievement award at the Locarno International Film Festival. As is to be expected, the legendary German auteur is providing plenty of fascinating, poetic and eccentric quotes. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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WATCH: Werner Herzog and Errol Morris Discuss Genocide Doc 'The Act of Killing' (VIDEO)

Any film with the names Werner Herzog and Errol Morris attached as co-executive producers is enough for cinephiles to run to the theater en masse. But Joshua Oppenheimer's masterful genocide documentary "The Act of Killing" is an unmissable film on its own terms.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 12, 2013 2:39 PM
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Les Blank Friends Bid Documentarian a Festive Farewell (November 27, 1935 -- April 7, 2013)

Of course it's a cliche to say that the honoree at a memorial service would have enjoyed it -- but in Les Blank's case, it's impossible to avoid. The party was designed by Les' two sons, Harrod and Beau, and Team Blank, a host of friends and supporters, to encompass many of the pursuits that Les delighted in and made the subject of his films, such as irresistibly catchy music and delicious strong-flavored food, as well as rituals designed to honor Les and allow his friends and colleagues to say goodbye.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2013 6:34 PM
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Watch: Wim Wenders' 1982 Documentary 'Room 666' Talks with Godard, Herzog, Fassbinder, Spielberg, Antonioni and More

Check out this strangely hypnotic stream-of-thought documentary essay, "Room 666," made by Wim Wenders at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The 44-minute film features thoughts on cinema from an impressive roster of filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard, fellow New German Cinema directors Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Spielberg, among others. In an unsettling turn of events, Fassbinder would die of a drug overdose mere weeks after these interviews were shot. (The 31st anniversary of his death was June 10.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 4:16 PM
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