FATA MORGANA

FATA MORGANA


Shown as part of the Werner Herzog Retrospective

FATA MORGANA (Finland / Russia, 1970, 79 min.)

A science-fiction elegy of demented colonialism in North Africa, this three-part documentary features footage of filmed mirages, or fata morgana, in the Sahara Desert. The first part shows an unpeopled, beautiful wasteland, the second introduces signs of human wreckage and the third shows wretched vestiges of life. The imagery has not aged, despite having been filmed over thirty-five years ago; the only narration is the recitation of a Mayan creation myth. Totally imaginative, it is a legend of life at extremes. The soundtrack to the film includes German classical music with pieces by Mozart and Handel, as well as rock music by Blind Faith and Leonard Cohen, which give the film a timeless quality. Directed by Werner Herzog.

Shown with WODAABE: HERDSMEN OF THE SUN

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at www.afi.com/silver.

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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