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Encounters at the End of the World

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Encounters at the End of the WorldEnglish (original)Wo gibt's den Film?
Werner Herzog takes his camera to Antarctica where we meet the odd men and women who have dedicated their lives to furthering the cause of science in treacherous conditions. A scientist studies neutrinos, which are everywhere, yet elusive; he likens them to spirits. A researcher's nighttime performance art includes contorting her body into a luggage bag. A survival guide teaches his students to survive white-out conditions by wearing cartoon-face buckets over their heads. Animal researchers milk mother seals as part of their study. Volcanologists offer advice on what to do when a volcano erupts. A pipefitter shows us the anomaly in his hands that he says are a sign he descended from Atzec royalty. A former Colorado banker drives what he has christened Ivan the Terra Bus. An underwater diver shows his colleagues DVDs of apocalyptic sci-fi films. And we meet a penguin researcher who answers the filmmaker's questions about homosexuality and insanity in his subjects. We also meet an individualist penguin, who breaks away from the other birds to run toward the mountains, facing certain death.
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Runtime (in min.):99
Aspect Ratio:1:1.85
Soundformat:Dolby Digital
Year Of Production:2007
Countries of Production:United States
People featured in the FilmTypeComment
Ryan Andrew Evans 
: USA:G: Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario/Québec)
Festivals & Award CeremonyYearStatusAward
Academy Awards2009nominatedBest Documentary, Features
Independent Spirit Awards2009nominatedBest Documentary
Satellite Awards 2008nominatedBest Motion Picture, Documentary
Companies & Organizations
Production Company:

Discovery Films

Antarctica; Nature; Landscape; Penguins
OSCAR - Nominierte u. Gewinner, Animals, Mammals, Geography, Travel & Cultures, Polar Regions : Arctic & Antarctica