Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog's ‘Happy People: The Year in The Taiga’ Trailer

Werner Herzog's ‘Happy People: The Year in The Taiga’ Trailer

Music Box Films has debuted the first trailer and new photos for director Werner Herzog's documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. The filmmaker takes us to the remote Siberian village of Bakhta, where 300 fur trappers live in harmony, going without things that we take for granted, such as telephones, running water, and medical supplies. Take a look at this new footage and photos to immerse yourself in this unorthodox landscape.

With Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmakerpresents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

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‘Jack Reacher’ Car Chase Featurette and Five Clips

‘Jack Reacher’ Car Chase Featurette and Five Clips

Jack Reacher pits Tom Cruise against Werner Herzog in a fight to the death. Something no other holiday release can claim as we finish out 2012 with a bang. If you're anxiously awaiting this adapation of the popular Lee Child novel, we have five clips and a car chase featurette to tide you over until December 21st. Watch as Jack Reacher pulls off some amazing vehicular stunts while trying to stop an incredibly accurate sniper killer.

Jack Reacher was released December 21st, 2012.

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Two ‘The Act of Killing’ Photos

Two ‘The Act of Killing’ Photos

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of US rights to The Act of Killing, the breakout Danish documentary that shook audiences at this year's Toronto and Telluride International Film Festivals.

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, the film ventures deep into the minds of former Indonesian death squad leaders who are challenged to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. A 30-market theatrical release and awards campaign for Best Documentary Feature is planned for The Act of Killing in 2013.

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Werner Herzog Brings ‘On Death Row’ to Investigation Discovery

Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life debuted in September 2011 to rave reviews and festival buzz from Telluride to Toronto. Exploring the intricate details and emotional aftermath of a triple homicide in Conroe, Texas, Herzog sought to better understand the impact of life in prison and the shattering effects of the death penalty. Of the two young perpetrators featured in the film, one will spend most of his life in prison while the other was executed just eight days after his interview with Herzog.

In this four-part companion television series, created by Herzog exclusively for Investigation Discovery, the Academy-Award nominated filmmaker dives deeper into the abyss of the human soul. Through interviews with five additional inmates awaiting their appointment with a lethal injection in the Texas and Florida prison systems, Herzog conducts a uniquely thought-provoking analysis of why people, and the state, kill. On Death Row makes its world premiere on Investigation Discovery, premiering Friday, March 9 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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EXCLUSIVE: Werner Herzog Will Consider Directing ‘Bill & Ted 3’

Way back in September of 2010, actor Keanu Reeves joked to MTV that he'd like to get acclaimed documentary and feature film director Werner Herzog behind the lens on the long awaited sequel Bill & Ted 3.

That seems like a long shot, for sure. But more surprising things have happened. And Werner is certainly an interesting choice to take on the further adventures of The Wyld Stallyns, especially now that they will be dealing with a mid-life existential crisis. Themes explored in a great deal of Werner Herzog's best work.

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EXCLUSIVE: Werner Herzog Talks ‘Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life’

We recently caught up with Werner to chat about Into the Abyss, as well as his recent decision to take on the villain role in Tom Cruise's One Shot, and his thoughts on Bill & Ted 3.

Here is our conversation.

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Werner Herzog's ‘Into the Abyss’ Trailer

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Encounters at the End of the World) returns with Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill, and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Werner Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Werner Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life was released November 11th, 2011.

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Werner Herzog Is the Villain in ‘One Shot’

Director Werner Herzog has signed on to portray the villain in One Shot for Paramount Pictures and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie.

Werner Herzog will play The Zec, a former prisoner-of-war who stages the sniper killing at a mall which results in five casualties. The story centers on Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, a former military police officer who investigates the shooting. Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, and Robert Duvall also star.

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