The Enigma of Kasper Hauser

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1974, 109 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira

“Every man for himself and God against all”, the film’s German title seems to summarize Kaspar’s thinking. Locked in the cellar for 18 years, the “wildman” becomes a public sensation when he ventures into a society that wishes to civilize him. A mysterious attack ends his life, with his origin never discovered and the hostility towards him never explained. Once a mental patient, Bruno S. perfectly fits into Kaspar’s role in one of Herzog’s most fascinating films, a bizarre but real story that gives an unforgettable, dreamlike meditation on the nature of civilization and the fine line between sanity and madness.

1975 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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