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SFS 50th Anniversary Screening: Rescue Dawn (members only)

What Directed and written by Werner Herzog. Starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. Cinematography by Peter Zetlinger.
When 29 March 2008 (Saturday), 2:00 pm Reception; 4;00 pm Screening
Where Golden Village VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585 Tel: 6311 9162

Members may not bring any guests.


Singapore Film Society is turning 50 this year and would like to invite our members to a special reception and screening:
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Date: 29 March 2008 (Sat)
Venue: Hall 2 (GV VivoCity)
Reception in upper foyer (at the top of the grand staircase) from 2pm
Screening at 4 pm

Based on Werner Herzog's own documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Rescue Dawn recounts the harrowing experiences of Dieter Dengler who joined the United States Navy as a pilot during the Vietnam War. Dengler was captured by the Viet Cong when his plane was shot down in Laos and the film depicts the physical and psychological deprivation of his captivity and his eventual attempt to escape with his fellow prisoners.

Werner Herzog is associated with the cinematic movement known as New German Cinema which includes Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Notoriously obsessive and single-minded, critics have noted the similarities between Werner Herzog and his creations, madmen such as Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, who vainly battle against the creeping forces of nature before descending into a hallucinatory primordial hell. His collaborators, in particular the explosive Klaus Kinski, were frequently exasperated with him for the immense hardships he subjected them to in pursuit of cinematic truth and purity.

Such is Herzog's insistence for authenticity that in Rescue Dawn, the actors were forced to lose weight till they achieved POW-like emaciation. Cineaste calls the film "an astonishing excursion into the limits of human endurance". Nevertheless, Rescue Dawn uses digital visual effects for the A-1 Skyraiders, probably annoying for Herzog for whom camera trickery is anathema.

Besides numerous films, documentaries and television series, Werner Herzog has also produced four operas. He won the best director award at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival for Fitzcarraldo and the Alfred P. Sloane award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for Grizzly Man. His latest work is Encounters At The End of The World, a documentary on Antarctica, yet another physically challenging geography.


Best Supporting Male (Steve Zahn) at Independent Spirit Award 2008
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Christian Bale) at Satellite Awards 2007

Special Award (Christian Bale) from San Diego Film Critics Society 2007