23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

White Diamond (Non-fiction Features)
2004 - Germany - 88 minutes

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DIRECTOR: Werner Herzog
CAST: Craham Dorrington, Mark Anthony Yhap, Anthony Melville, Michael Wilk,

Dieter Plage was one of the greatest natural history filmmakers of his generation. In 1992, using a prototype airship that resurrected the design of early 20th-century zeppelins on a smaller scale, made by his friend the eccentric British aeronautic engineer, Graham Dorrington, Plage attempted to film unique wildlife in the rainforest canopy of the Amazon. The expedition ended in tragedy when Plage fell from the airship and was killed. Twelve years after Plage's death, Werner Herzog returns to the Amazon, the scene of such great films as Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre: Wrath Of God. Taking Dorrington with him, he follows the creation of a new airship and pays homage to Plage by tackling once again the elusive, mysterious and visually stunning tree-top canopy in the heart of Guyana. As in Aguirre, the jungle offers up some spectacular images that generate a sense of mystery and foreboding. Werner Herzog (real name Werner H. Stipetic) was born in Munich on September 5, 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than forty films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. -AHS

PRODUCER: Annette Scheurich, Lucki Stipetic, Werner Herzog
SCREENWRITER: Rudolph Herzog, Annette Scheurich
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Henning Brümmer, Klaus Scheurich
EDITOR: Joe Bini
MUSIC: Ernst Reijseger, Eric Spitzer-Marlyn
PRINT SOURCE: Türkenstrasse 91

Saturday, April 09 5pm 6
Tuesday, April 12 7:30pm Lagoon Cinema

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