Friday, 24 May 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 156: Wed Jun 5

Land of Silence and Darkness (Herzog, 1971): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.30pm

This film, part of the Werner Herzog season at BFI Soutbank, is also screening on Tuesday June 13th. Details here. Tonight's screening is introduced by critic and head of programing at the BFI, Geoff Andrew.

Time Out review:
A stunning documentary about 56-year-old Fini, blind and deaf since her late teens. After 30 years of being confined to her bed by her mother, she fought to overcome her immense isolation by helping others similarly afflicted. While some of these tragically incommunicable individuals make for painful viewing, Herzog also demonstrates the humour and joys of a day at the zoo, or of a first plane flight, where touch and togetherness in suffering offer the sole but undeniable reason for living. The courage on view is astounding, and Herzog's treatment is never voyeuristic or sentimental, but sensuous and overwhelmingly moving. 
Geoff Andrew

Here is the opening.

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