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Encounters at the End of the World -- This is the theatrical trailer for Encounters at the End of the World: Theatrical Trailer, Werner Herzog's documentary on life in Antarctica.
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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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:
Werner Herzog:McMurdo has climate-controlled housing facilities, its own radio station, a bowling alley, and abominations such as an aerobic studio and yoga classes. It even has an ATM machine.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Them! (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
Il Est Digne en VeriteSee more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Werner Herzog goes to Antarctica and shows us the people who live and work there, 5 July 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Encounters is an almost straight forward account of Werner Herzog going to Antarctica.Invited to go by one of the scientific organizations he agreed to go because he was fascinated by life under the sea ice (see his Wild Blue Yonder which used footage from under the ice to represent an alien world) and wanted to have a chance to film life there. He also warned them it would not result in film about fluffy penguins.

This is not Shackleton's Antarctica. The main US base is more like a mining colony anywhere on the fringes of civilization then what you think of when you think Antarctica. Its strangely modern and looks to be almost anywhere people mine. Indeed there is an odd shot of the modern camp with Scott's hut in the distance that signals how times have changed.

Herzog's film is really about some of the wayward travelers who have reached the frontier. Herzog is curious what sort of people they are and finds them to be a rather philosophical lot. They are what you would consider explorers of the 18th or 19th century looking for something greater then themselves. As one guy says "Where else do you find guys with Phds doing the dishes, or linguists on the one place on earth where there is no native language." Its an amusing portrait of people I think many of us would like to be.

We also get a portrait of what life is like there. Of the eternal sun (which annoys Herzog)Of the drabness of the living quarters (motel like)mixed with individual expression. We see the survival training, the various scientific studies going on (including one about penguins which cause Herzog to ponder if they go mad). and we see the landscape both above and below the ice on land and in the sea. These portraits of the land and seascapes are stunning. Herzog's ability to mix music and image creates some hypnotic passages that in part reminded me Koyaanisqatsi or Luc Besson's Atlantis. Its magical and creates sequences that you hate to see end.

If there is any flaw is that the film kind of just ends. There is a wonderful final quote by Alan Watts, but the film ultimately feels like a philosophical travelogue about a summer vacation instead of something grander then what I saw on my vacation. I'm sure had it not been Werner Herzog behind the camera I would not have been disappointed.

Still you must see the film on a big screen if you can. Its really beautiful at times. It will enlighten and inspire you- much more than this review will. And even though this is a Discovery Channel film, I'm glad I saw it where I did because there is something about the end credits with the seal songs echoing all thorough the theater from front to back that you can't get at home. The long confines of the Film Forum in New York really allows for the magic of a sound scape.

7.5 out of 10

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