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Director:
Writer:
Werner Herzog (written by)
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Release Date:
17 October 2008 (Spain) See more »
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Plot:
Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best Film of 2008 See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Narrator
Scott Rowland ... Himself - Transportation Dept.
Stefan Pashov ... Himself - Philosopher, Forklift Driver
Doug MacAyeal ... Himself - Glaciologist (as Douglas MacAyeal)
Ryan Andrew Evans ... Himself - Filmmaker, Cook (as Ryan A. Evans)
Kevin Emery ... Himself - Survival School Instructor
Olav T. Oftedal ... Himself - Nutritional Ecologist
Regina Eisert ... Herself - Physiologist
David R. Pacheco Jr. ... Himself - Journeyman Plumber
Samuel S. Bowser ... Himself - Cell Biologist
Jan Pawlowski ... Himself - Zoologist
William Jirsa ... Himself - Linguist, Computer Expert
Karen Joyce ... Herself - Traveler, Computer Expert
Libor Zicha ... Himself - Utility Mechanic
Ashrita Furman ... Himself - Multiple World Record Holder
David Ainley ... Himself - Marine Ecologist
William McIntosh ... Himself - Volcanologist, Geochronologist
Clive Oppenheimer ... Himself - Volcanologist
Peter Gorham ... Himself - Physicist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Shackleton ... Himself (archive footage)

Shaun Phillip Cantwell ... General Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Randall M. Boyd .... supervising producer
Phil Fairclough .... executive producer
Dave Harding .... executive producer (as David S. Harding)
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer
Henry Kaiser .... producer
Andrea Meditch .... executive producer
Erik Nelson .... executive producer
Tree Wright .... associate producer (as Tree Leyburn)
 
Original Music by
Henry Kaiser 
David Lindley 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
 
Production Management
Jessica DeJong .... production manager
Jane Root .... executive in charge of production
 
Art Department
Douglas Martin .... motion graphics
Bruce McCall .... original artwork
 
Sound Department
Stephen Hart .... recording engineer
Werner Herzog .... sound
Michael Klinger .... post-production mixer
Josh Michael .... recording assistant
Robert Noone .... location sound
Michael Paul .... location sound
Douglas Quin .... sound designer
D.D. Stenehjem .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Iain Marcks .... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Creevy .... grip
Jane Gray .... grip
Henry Kaiser .... underwater photographer
 
Editorial Department
Danica Barnes .... on-line editor
Bartholomew Burcham .... assistant editor
Herrianne Cayabyab .... assistant on-line editor
Ryan Delk .... first assistant editor
Colin Hatton .... post-production coordinator
Brian Hutchings .... colorist: Alpha Dogs, Inc.
David W. Ryan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jen Baker .... musician
Joe Bini .... music editor
Danielle DeGruttola .... musician
Stephen Hart .... score mixer
Stephen Hart .... score recording engineer
Henry Kaiser .... music producer
Cheryl Leonard .... musician
David Lindley .... music editor
Damon Smith .... musician
William Winant .... musician
 
Other crew
Paul De Cham .... post facilities manager
Ryan Andrew Evans .... production assistant (as Ryan Evans)
Jason Farrell .... supplier: video equipment
Patricia Jackson .... location manager
Lola Mitchell .... production coordinator
Jane Priester .... production coordinator
Cynthia Shapiro .... business affairs
Robert Smits .... supplier: video equipment
 
Thanks
Lloyd Austin .... thanks
Samuel S. Bowser .... thanks (as Samuel Bowser)
Ed Brawley .... thanks
Steve Clabuesch .... thanks
Dug Coons .... thanks
Art Devries .... thanks
Roger Ebert .... dedicatee
Guy Guthridge .... thanks
Kevin Hoefling .... thanks
Elaine Hood .... thanks
David T. Huang .... thanks (as David T. Huang)
Philip Kyle .... thanks
Greg Prian .... thanks
Rob Robbins .... thanks
Kim Stanley Robinson .... thanks
Kim Silverman .... thanks
 

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99 min
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Australia:G | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario/Québec) | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:G | UK:U | USA:G
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Trivia:
Werner Herzog has disclosed that the scene of scientists putting their ears to the ice to listen to seal calls was entirely staged. Herzog asked them to position themselves according to his directions, and the sounds were previously recorded through underwater microphones by sound artist Douglas Quin.See more »
Quotes:
Stefan Pashov:And I think there's a fair amount of the population here who're full time travelers and part time workers. So, yes those are the professional dreamers, they dream all the time. And I think, through them the great cosmic dreams come into fruitition because the universe dreams to our dreams. I think that there is many different ways for the reality to bring itself forward, and dreaming is definitely one of those ways.See more »
Movie Connections:
References March of the Penguins (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tsmindao Gmerto OrovelaSee more »

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40 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Best Film of 2008, 30 August 2008
Author: Chris Barry from Canada

'Encounters at the End of the World' is an engrossing, fascinating exploration of what it takes to exist in one of the world's most unforgiving landscapes.

Almost a companion piece to Herzog's earlier poem-like Fata Morgana, the film brings us into a world hidden to almost all but a very chosen few.

There are incredible exchanges between Herzog and his human subjects, who are all researchers studying various aspects of the Antarctic eco-sphere. One such exchange with a cell biologist involves the idea that humans evolved from the ocean to escape what the scientist terms the 'absolute horror' of existence among the extremely vicious, often microscopic 'monsters' that savagely fight for their existence in the frozen waters. Some of these creatures are shown in remarkable underwater photography and it's not hard to see what he means.

Another interview that I found both terrifying and fascinating was one with a journeyman plumber (who also is allegedly related to the Ancient Aztec royalty) about the effects of global warming. I didn't like 'An Inconvenient Truth' and have always been somewhat on the fence about global warming. But the way this man describes global warming set the hairs on my arms on end. The subject is returned to later in the film with several scientists advocating an even bleaker outlook on the topic. Their consensus is that we have already tipped the point of no return and that our existence as humans is already marked for extinction.

As one glacierologist, pointing at a radar screen showing formations of large glaciers puts it: "I don't want to know what happens when that melts." By the way, did you know that seal calls are like the sound of Moog synths and earlier Pink Floyd? I haven't even scratched the surface of this film. There are so many breathtaking moments of sheer rugged beauty that it will bring tears to your eyes.

Do not see this movie on video or DVD. Unlike 'Grizzly Man' which was more of a television format film, "Encounters At the End of The World" is deeply, deeply cinematic.

How many Bat-films do you need to see anyway? Do your brain a favor and lose yourself in 'Encounters at the End of The World'.

Best film of '08 hands down.

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