Past Event23 Jul - 24 Jul 2016

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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The Civic


For his latest trick, the tirelessly curious Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) turns his camera on the internet. The German maestro is no digital native – he eschews even a smartphone – but this proves a boon, liberating Herzog to explore the digital future as if a tourist. 

Starting at the UCLA site where the first internet message was typed – a ‘holy place’ – Herzog leads us on a whistle-stop tour, meeting online evangelists and prophets of doom alike. He visits a self-driving car developer; the town of Green Bank, where locals have settled because proximity to a telescope prohibits radio waves and cellular signals; and the home of a family tormented online following the death of a daughter. Elon Musk, a high-priest of digital entrepreneurship, preaches the importance of colonising Mars. ‘A one-way ticket?’ chirrups Herzog. ‘I would come along’.

Veering from impish exuberance to almost apocalyptic scepticism, the inimitable Herzog manages to extract frank and unorthodox responses from his interviewees, many of whom may be more accustomed to speaking in Ted Talk slogans. His abiding fascination: whether the internet can dream of itself.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

USA 2016 
98 mins

Director/Screenplay: Werner Herzog

Producers: Rupert Maconick, Werner Herzog

Photography: Peter Zeitlinger

Editor: Marco Capalbo

Music: Mark De Gli Antoni, Sebastian Steinberg

With: Robert Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Kevin Mitnick, Elon Musk, Theodor Holm Nelson, Sebastian Thrun, Adrien Treuille, Lucianne Walkowicz

Festivals: Sundance, San Francisco, Hot Docs 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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