Where the Green Ants Dream
Dir: Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1984, English, 100min, DCP
In the godforsaken stretch of Australian Outback, the Aborigines believe it’s where the green ants go to dream. To prevent a mining company from destroying their sacred sites, they stage a sit-down strike. Failed in court, the Aborigines take off in an airplane, flying in oblivion. Nothing in the narrative is based on anthropological fact, yet there is a Herzogian’s “reality” in this odd film – an elliptical, mystically infused tale of a confrontation between ancient spirituality and modern civilization, with a deep respect to the people who struggle to keep their visions alive.
1984 Cannes Film Festival, In Competition
1984 German Film Awards, Outstanding Feature Film and Best Cinematography
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- The Grand Cinema (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
- the sky (Venue)
- Broadway Hollywood (Venue)
- UA Cine Moko (Venue)
- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Grand Windsor Cinema (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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