Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 183: Tue Jul 2

Where the Green Ants Dream (Herzog, 1984): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.45pm

This film, part of the Werner Herzog season at the BFI Southbank, also screens at the cinema on July 7th. You can find the details here.

Little White Lies review:
One of Herzog's lesser known fiction titles, the Australia-set Where The Green Ants Dream examines the diversity (and absurdity) of spiritual custom through the misted-up prism of light comic satire. A small cadre of Aboriginal tribespeople assemble on an area of parched desert in order to forcibly stymie the activities of a mining firm wanting to plunder the earth for minerals. These people have nothing, yet they will risk their lives so as no-one disturbs the dreams of the mythical, magnetic green ants, for it could place a horrible curse on future generations. Though the film is initially interested in lambasting corporate toadying, presenting the head of the mining firm bending over backwards to appease the cantankerous Aborigines, the film reveals itself as something bigger and more complex as it ruminates on the divisions in cultural attitudes that can never really be bridged and the poetic, often illogical schemes that people concoct inside their own minds to make life worth living.
David Jenkins

Jenkins has picked his best ten Herzog movies for Little White Lies. You can read the article here.

Here is the trailer.

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