ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a 2007 American documentary
Werner Herzog . The film studies people and places in
* 1 Synopsis * 2 Production * 3 Release
* 4 Critical reception
* 4.1 Top ten lists
* 5 Awards * 6 References * 7 External links
Herzog and cinematographer
Peter Zeitlinger go to
Herzog and Zeitlinger return to McMurdo for some more interviews and visit the preserved original base of Ernest Shackleton . After some brief footage at the South Pole , Herzog interviews penguin scientist David Ainley. This footage includes a shot of a penguin marching in the wrong direction, walking to a certain death in the barren interior of the continent.
Herzog and Zeitlinger next visit Mount Erebus and interview volcanologists. A strange sequence follows which was shot in tunnels deep below South Pole station carved from snow and ice. Various trinkets and mementos, including a can of Russian caviar and a whole frozen sturgeon , are placed in carved-out shelves in the ice walls and preserved by the extremely cold and dry air. On the slope of the volcano, Herzog and Zeitlinger explore ice caves formed by fumaroles .
The film next visits the launch of a giant helium balloon used in a neutrino detection project (ANITA ) and features an interview with physicist Peter Gorham. It concludes with some philosophical words from a maintenance worker and more footage from the fumarole ice caves and Kaiser's dives.
Herzog was drawn to
The film was shot in
The sound recordings of the seals were produced by Douglas Quin, a renowned sound expert and professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University , another recipient of the Antarctic Artists and Writers grant.
The film is dedicated to American critic
The film showed at the 2007
Telluride Film Festival , and had its
official premiere one week later on September 10 at the Toronto
International Film Festival . It also showed in 2008 at the
International Documentary Festival in
The film showed at 28 March 2008,
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The film received predominately positive reviews from critics. As of September 7, 2013, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 72 reviews — with the consensus that the film "offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes." Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 80 out of 100, based on 25 reviews. On January 22, 2009, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature<