Filmmaker Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog (Munich, Germany, 1942) is known for his mix of fiction and documentary. The director himself does not distinguish between his feature films and documentaries.
The extent to which the two are intertwined for Herzog, is demonstrated by Rescue Dawn (2006), a feature fiction film on the life of pilot Dieter Dengler, who was the subject of his earlier documentary Little Dieter Wants to Fly (1997) (awarded with the Jury Prize at IDFA). Or by the mockumentary Incident at Loch Ness (2004) by Zak Penn, a film in a film in a film, in which Herzog plays (a parody of) himself, as a documentary filmmaker who investigates the phenomenon of the Loch Ness monster. He made his first short film, Herakles (1962) at the age of 19, and founded his own production company Werner Herzog Filmproduktion a year later. He has since made dozens of films, many of which were shown at IDFA. The filmmaker visited the festival for the first time in 2007. (Earlier, in 1999, Herzog compiled the Top 10, but he did not come to IDFA.) Of the various films about Herzog, IDFA screened Burden of Dreams (1982), a making-of of Herzog's feature film Fitzcarraldo.