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Werner Herzog. Two words, but a man of many titles: Master filmmaker, auteur, poet, truth-seeker, pith helmeted explorer, brand, meme, actor, lauded voice artiste, doomsayer, and legend.

He who had a 320-ton steamboat hauled over a steep hill in Peru, climbs down into volcanoes, talks to murderers on death row, cooks and eats his own shoe, hypnotizes his actors and once was at the end of a barrel of a gun. He’s the man who lends his voice to The Simpsons, stars in blockbusters such as the Mandalorian, and the man – who in a sort of magical act – walked from Munich to Paris to prevent the death of a woman film critic he greatly admired.

It is his stories that have made him the remarkable director he is, and a cult figure around the world. For the first time, audiences are now given an exciting glimpse into the work process and everyday life of this elusive man.

With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, rare archive material and in-depth interviews from himself and celebrated collaborators – including Christian Bale, Nicole Kidman, and his wife Lena Herzog – Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer presents a comprehensive portrait of this iconic artist.

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“Highly Enjoyable.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


Written and Directed by Thomas von Steinaecker
Producers: André Singer, Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer
Executive Producers: Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Figs Jackman, Chris Smith, Vijay Vaidyanathan
Presented By Wavelength
Produced By Spring Films and 3B-Produktion in association with Hot Docs Partners