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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
with filmmaker Linas Phillips
WALKING TO WERNER
Special Jury Prize Seattle Intl Film Fest
"The real interest in the film is not the journey or even Linas Phillips...but the people he meets on the way." -Roger Ebert
"Werner" is, of course, Werner Herzog - perhaps the most notorious filmmaker currently alive. For over four decades, he's been the subject of wild rumors, exaggerated reports, and every so often, a filmed homage like this: a loving, suitably oddball tribute from a novice filmmaker. In winter of 1974, German director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man) walked from Munich to Paris to see his dying friend, film critic Lotte Eisner, hoping that by making the journey on foot he would somehow keep her alive. In summer 2005, while dealing with an existential and artistic crisis as well as hoping to meet the man who had inspired him to make movies, filmmaker Linas Phillips made his own pilgrimage, walking 1,200 miles from Seattle to Herzog's Los Angeles home. 120 miles into his journey, a born-again Christian girl pulls over to offer Linas three things: bottled water, a psychic prediction that problems await him down the road, and advice - to hold onto his dream. Three miles later he gets a call from Herzog, who is away on a film shoot and tells him, "if you want to walk, do it for some other reason."
Braving freeway traffic, weather, the California Highway Patrol and his own self-doubt, Linas fulfills a dream that parallels the journey accomplished by his hero, as his physical exhaustion leads to unlikely revelations about himself and his creative and spiritual path. But as one marginal roadside character after another shares a story with him -- redemptive, tragic, funny -- Linas' dream becomes much bigger than he originally intended.
Directed by Linas Phillips, U.S.A., BetaSP, 2006, 93 mins.
Filmmaker Linas Phillips will be here in person for a Q&A after tbe 5, 7 & 9 p.m. screenings on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12