November through January, SFMOMA presents a retrospective on Werner Herzog, one of the most important filmmakers working today and a peer of Anselm Kiefer, whose art is on view in the galleries. The film series samples the full range of Herzog's work, from fictional features to documentaries and shorts. Beginning with a lineup of six films in November and December, the series continues in January with seven additional screenings.
Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 40 films, published more than a dozen books, and directed more than a dozen operas. One of the leading figures of the New German Cinema of the 1970s, he has been called the "romantic visionary" of that movement for his ability to find the epic in all things, particularly the stories of remarkable individuals. His interest in mysticism and the legacy of postwar Germany links Herzog's work to that of his countryman Kiefer, whose heritage similarly influences his artistic explorations.
Herzog is the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Director at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals and the 2006 Film Society Directing Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.