The Wild Blue Yonder
Directed by Werner Herzog
Runining time: 80 mintues
Legendary director Werner Herzog has made 50 plus films over his career but produced only one science fiction movie, The Wild Blue Yonder ( 2005). Self-described as a “science fiction fantasy”, it is a loose interpretation of the genre and certainly one of Herzog's strangest films. The film focuses on the story of two interstellar voyages: the first by an alien race who are fleeing a dying planet, and the other by human astronauts who set out to explore the liquid world the aliens left behind. Devoid of any special effects, the film adopts a low tech style, using spliced documentary footage from NASA and the National Science Foundation's US Antarctic programme overlaid with fictional narration by the main character, an alien extraterrestrial played by Brad Dourif. Filmed in collaboration with NASA musician / photographer Henry Kaiser, the movie's lyrical images are tempered by a deep pessimism, making it a cautionary tale about the importance of the preservation of the planet for future generations. As Herzog has said: “The film ends our illusions about intergalactic travel. We will not do it. We cannot manage it. It's just too far.”
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.