Put to the test : Matter and Memory

Lessons of darkness

Lektionen in Finsternis

Werner Herzog

1992
Germany / United Kingdom / France
50'
Documentary
Col.
German with french subtitles

An apocalyptic vision featuring the oilwell fires in Kuwait after the Gulf-War, as a whole world burst into flames. This film is stylized as science fiction, as there is not a single shot in which you can recognize our planet.

Screenplay
Werner Herzog
Photography
Paul Berriff, Rainer Klausmann
Sound
John Pearson
Music
Arvo Part
Editing
Rainer Standke
Production
Canal +, Premiere, Werner Herzog Film produktion

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The international competition is open to :

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature films (60 minutes and over)
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd short and medium length films (less than 60 minutes)
  • without distinction of genre : fiction, essay, animation and documentary of creation (films produced for television - shows, television magazines, news coverage - are not eligible)
  • completed after the 1st of September 2021 and having not been commercially released in France (except for short films, which may have been broadcasted on local or specialty channel, exclusively).

Submissions are open until July 31st, 2022.
The decisions of the selection committee will be given y email mid-October, 2022.

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