£8 – booking essential, via Flatpack Festival
The Mockingbird, Custard Factory, B9 4AA
For Hew Locke, Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (1982) is an “iconic film about artistic obsession; the hero’s with opera, and the director’s with film, both encapsulated in the central image of a steam ship being moved over a high hill, a feat achieved without special effects. This is dramatically re-emphasised by Les Blank’s film Burden of Dreams (1982), documenting the chaotic making of Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon, in an atmosphere of deadly pressure.” Presented in partnership with Flatpack Festival and the British Film Institute.
Burden of Dreams is preceded by Blank’s film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, in which Herzog honours a bet related to whether or not Errol Morris could make his first film, Gates of Heaven. According to Herzog, eating his shoe “should be an encouragement to all of you who want to make films but haven’t got the guts”.
Screening as part of the 2019 Flatpack Festival, across Birmingham from 30 April – 5 May. Tickets on sale from mid-March at flatpackfestival.org.uk.