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Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Rated To Be Announced

85 minutes

Dir: Werner Herzog, UK, 2019
Werner Herzog, Bruce Chatwin, Karin Eberhard

In English and some German with English subtitles

“Werner Herzog sets out on a journey inspired by his friend, writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin, who had a passion for the nomadic life. Carrying the rucksack that Chatwin gave him on his deathbed, Herzog travels to South America, Australia and the Welsh borders, uncovering stories of lost tribes, wanderers and dreamers.’ - Radio Times. “British writer Bruce Chatwin and German filmmaker Werner Herzog are contemporaries with a shared interest in, as Herzog puts it, ‘wild characters, strange dreamers and big ideas about the nature of human existence.’ Or rather, they were. Chatwin died in 1989. He lived long enough to visit the set of Cobra Verde, Herzog’s adaptation of his novel The Viceroy of Ouidah... Nomad is Herzog’s paean to Chatwin in eight chapters, touching down in Australia, Wales, Patagonia and more, where the peripatetic writer had travelled to study art, archeology and anthropology. The filmmaker, never shy about inserting himself in his own documentaries, also interviews Chatwin’s widow and his biographer, Nicholas Shakespeare, who notes: ‘Bruce didn’t tell half-truths. He told a truth and a half. He embellished what was there to make it even truer.’ No wonder he and Herzog got on so well.” - Chris Knight, the National Post