Werner Herzog - The Ecstatic Truth at Eye Film Museum
Werner Herzog has fascinated audiences for more than fifty years. In his search for the "ecstatic truth", Herzog stylises images to reveal a deeper level of truth.
Unforgettable stories, images and characters
Eye Film Museum 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.
This exhibition features an insight into the way Herzog perceives the world. The "ecstatic truth" - that is central to his work - reflects on Herzog’s fundamental quest, how he constructs and stylises images that expose this deeper level of truth: “I’m modifying facts to such a degree that they resemble truth more than reality.”
In his work, Herzog seeks out those places on our planet that seem most other-worldly. He points his camera at people who live and survive in extreme circumstances - from scientists in Antarctica to child soldiers. The filmmaker feels a great affinity with the dreamers, the obsessives, the solitary rebels and the marginalised, who for whatever reasons stray from the well-trodden path.
By telling the stories of these exceptional individuals, Herzog at the same time manages to tell bigger stories about human existence. He comes across as a cool observer, but one with incredible empathy. His deep interest in rushing technological developments also inspires many of his films.
Exhibition at Eye Film Museum
The exhibition space at Eye Film Museum is built up around a selection of key scenes from Herzog’s oeuvre, with iconic images from films such as Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) and Grizzly Man (2004). In addition, documents, archival items and props from the Werner Herzog Archive are on display and introduce his team.
Extended film programme
Some thirty films have been selected for the film programme and will screen in Eye’s cinemas during the exhibition. Four of these are being released by Eye and will screen nationwide. There will also be an extensive programme of events, introductions and live music, including a multitude of reflections on his oeuvre, from fans and critics alike.
Get your tickets to Werner Herzog - The Ecstatic Truth at the Eye Film Museum
Buy your tickets now! The exhibition and film programme run from June 18 - October 1, 2023. Please refer to the dedicated webpage on the Eye Film Museum website for the latest information on the programme and schedule.