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Encounters at the End of the World -- In this one-of-kind documentary, Herzog turns his camera on a group of remarkable individuals, "professional dreamers" who work, play and struggle to survive in a harsh landscape of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty - perhaps the last frontier on earth.
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.
Encounters at the End of the World -- Discussion about hole-diving in Antarctica.

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Werner Herzog (written by)
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Release Date:
18 July 2008 (USA) 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 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
There is No Point that is South of the South Pole See more (65 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 .... co-executive producer
Dave Harding .... co-executive producer (as David S. Harding)
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer: Discovery Channel
Henry Kaiser .... producer
Andrea Meditch .... executive producer: Discovery Films
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
W. Clark Bunting .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Films (as Clark Bunting)
Jessica DeJong .... production manager
Jane Root .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel
 
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) | Germany:0 | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:G | UK:U | USA:G

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Trivia:
Werner Herzog dedicated the film to Roger Ebert, who he calls a true "warrior of cinema". Due to the dedication Ebert could not review the film, but he wrote a complimentary letter to Herzog and later published it.See more »
Quotes:
Werner Herzog:It occurred to me that in the time that we spent with him in the greenhouse possibly three or four languages have died. In our efforts to preserve endangered species we seem to overlook something equally important. To me, it's a sign of a deeply disturbed civilization, where tree-huggers and whale-huggers in their weirdness are acceptable, while no one embraces the last speakers of a language.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Them! (1954)See more »
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Planino Stara Planino MariSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
There is No Point that is South of the South Pole, 21 December 2008
Author: MacAindrais from Canada

Encounters at the End of the World (2008) ****

"There is no point that is south of the south pole." That's a no brainer, but have you ever thought about that before reading that statement? Such a simple and obvious saying, yet there's something quite poignant buried within it. It's pointed out by one of Werner Herzog's dreamers - a philosopher and part time forklift driver - that he found on his encounters at the end of the world.

Herzog begins his new documentary warning us that this will not be another film about fluffy penguins; his questions about nature are far different. For example, why does a sophisticated creature like a chimp not make use of inferior creatures - they could saddle goats and ride off into the sunset. Herzog delivers with a pondering and quizzical film. Encounters at the End of the World is about the intricacies - and insanities - of life on Antarctica. His visit was spurred on by the footage taken by one of the under-ice divers, a friend of his. He opens the film with the images of what appears to be hauntingly blue skies and bubbly white clouds, but its not skies nor clouds, but the clear waters and hulking ice. Herzog, always fascinated with the oddity and great beauty of the natural world, fills his documentary with stunning images and sequences. Underwater divers film strange creatures under the ice, and massive ice formations while navigating their way back to the single hole in the ice, without tether lines to guide them. Volcanologists traverse dormant lava tubes, only having to be weary of poison gases that can be found in some.

Herzog's base of operations is McMurdo, the largest settlement on the continent. He describes it as an ugly mining town. And it is ugly. It's filled with scientists, wanderers, adventurers and dreamers, all looking to 'jump off the margins of the map,' as one observer puts it. It also has "abominations" such as aerobics and yoga studios, even an ATM. Before he go in the field, he, like everyone else, must attend survival school, where among other things students learn to build shelter, and then must spend the night in it. They also partake in a white out simulation, achieved by wearing white buckets on their heads. They wander out to find the instructor, playing a lost peer. As they get disorientated, the scene becomes comical, but also points out our inferiority when up against nature.

Herzog does make a stop to visit some penguins briefly, and the man who studies them - reportedly no longer much of a conversationist with humans since he spends so much time isolated with penguins. Herzog's questions are amusing, but thoughtful. "Are there gay penguins?" "Is there such thing as madness among penguins?" The answer to that last question leads to one of the films most memorable and profound sequences.

The film at once is an admiration of those who find themselves working at the end of the world, and an admonition of the manipulation of adventure. Herzog wastes no time on the uninteresting people there. He talks with a scientist who describes a horrifying world that would tear us apart - if it were not too small to be seen by the human eye. He also shows old science fiction movies and warns of our fate. Some of them gather during the night, still day lit, for a jam session on top of their hut.Another woman discusses how she rode through South America in a sewer pipe, then zips herself into a travel bag. Another man, a plumber, says his hands prove that he is descended from Aztec and Inca royalty. On the other hand, he admonishes the notion of adventure for conquer. Shackleton came not for the sake of adventure, but to claim the South Pole. He almost lampoons some of his subjects, but is never disrespectful and clearly admires all of them.

The name of the film is something of a double entendre. Herzog frequently ponders another life after humans are gone. What would they think of us when they come see what we're doing in Antarctica? There are references to global warming and threats to our planet, but Herzog is no issue of the day crusader. So many other documentaries would condescend to us, and have. Green has become the fad of the day, annoying many instead of enlightening. Herzog is too much of an enigma to pander or preach to us, and that's part of the reason why Encounters at the End of the World is so special.

Werner Herzog is a man incapable of making a dull film. What is entirely true in this documentary is questionable as it is in his others. His pursuit of ecstatic truth - semi-fictions to capture the essence of what is more truthful than truth - gives him license to embellish. But no matter, if he has some of his interviewees script some details, I do no care to know which. I'm happy being mesmerized by the stories they tell as is.

For me, a Werner Herzog film is like pulling on a warm pair of slippers on a cold winter day, and pulling up by the fire to read a favorite book. Herzog was one of the first filmmakers to draw me into the world of great film-making, and for that I forever owe him a great debt of gratitude. And it was Roger Ebert who lead me to him, so how fitting that this beautiful film was dedicated to him.

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