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Fata Morgana

Werner Herzog / DE, 1971 / 79 min.

Hallucinations and fever dreams are impossible to film, but you can film mirages. Fata Morgana is an exceptional film essay, shot during a gruelling journey through countries including Tunisia, Niger, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Herzog films without a plan.

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Mesmerised by the Sahara, Herzog was led by the narcotising sensation the desert landscapes gave him: “I worked as if in a dream or hallucination, I never questioned myself whilst shooting, never contemplated how to assemble the material”. During the editing process, Herzog was influenced by the Popol Vuh, the mythological creation myth of the K’iche’ people. This visual essay therefore consists of three parts: ‘Creation’, ‘Paradise’ and ‘Golden Age’.

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Eye Filmmuseum presents an exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. With an unorthodox oeuvre of more than seventy features, documentaries and shorts, Herzog has fascinated audiences with unforgettable stories, images and characters for more than half a century. His films grant us insights into the relationship between people and the chaotic world around them, as well as into the endless indifference of nature towards human life.

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