Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Germany, UK, France, 80 min, 1997, 16+
director and script Werner Herzog
producers Lucki Stipetic, Andre Singer
director of photography Peter Zeitlinger
editing Joe Bini, Glen Scantlebury, Rainer Standke
Director Werner Herzog found a kindred spirit in a German-American Navy pilot and Vietnam veteran, Dieter Dengler. Like Herzog, Dengler grew up in a Germany reduced to rubble by World War II. Dengler's stories of hunger and deprivation in the years after the war echo similar stories from Herzog's past. Dengler recounts an early memory of Allied fighter-bombers destroying his village, in which he saw one of the pilots and decided that he too wanted to be a pilot. At 18, Dengler emigrated to the United States; after a while he fulfilled his dream, becoming a Navy pilot, and then was taken prisoner in Vietnam. Nine years later Herzog made a narrative feature Rescue Dawn based on these events. Christian Bale played Dieter. Joe Bini, who serves as a jury member at this year's Zerkalo, edited both films.
Director, winner of the world's most prestigious film awards, including two prizes of the Cannes Film Festival (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Fitzcarraldo), two awards of the Venice Film Festival (The Wild Blue Yonder, Bad Lieutenant), Silver Bear of the Berlin Film Festival (Signs of Life), an Oscar nomination (Encounters on the Edge of the World). He has won the European Film Academy's life achievement award. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Fitzcarraldo, The Wild Blue Yonder, Bad Lieutenant, Encounters on the Edge of the World, Aguirre Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Where the Green Ants Dream, Scream of Stone, My Best Fiend Klaus Kinski, Grizzly Man, My Son My Son What Have Ye Done all became classics.

Werner Herzog