Blue Ice Docs presents
NOMAD: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin
A Film By Werner Herzog
Theatrical Screening in Toronto
December 20 – January 2
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
other Canadian cities to follow
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
“A poignant testament to two friends’ shared curiosity about the world.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“Stylistically, it is fairly standard Herzog,
but that standard is higher than most filmmakers’ efforts anyway.”
Told in Werner Herzog’s inimitable style; full of memorable characters and encounters, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin explores the creative and personal vision Herzog shared with iconic travel writer Bruce Chatwin.
When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying, he summoned his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog, asking to see his recent film about tribesmen of the Sahara. In exchange, as a parting gift, Chatwin gave Herzog the rucksack he’d carried on his travels around the world.
Carrying the rucksack, 30 years later, Herzog sets out on his own epic journey, inspired by their shared passion for the nomadic life. Along the way, Herzog discovers stories of dinosaurs, lost tribes, Aboriginal traditions, wanderers and dreamers. From Patagonia, to the Black Mountains of Wales, to the Australian outback, Nomad offers a fitting and thought-provoking tribute to a man whose work explores human restlessness and wandering, borders and exile, and art and objects.
A unique portrait of one of the 20th Century’s most charismatic writers, the film is also a revealing insight into the imagination and obsessions of one of the world’s most visionary directors.
“Bruce Chatwin was a writer like no other,” says Herzog. “He crafted mythical tales into voyages of the mind. We were kindred spirits – he as a writer, I as a filmmaker. I wanted to make a film that is not a traditional biography but a series of encounters inspired by Bruce’s travels and ideas.”
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin is written, directed and narrated by Werner Herzog made by BBC Studios and will transmit on BBC Two, later in the year. It is distributed in Canada by Blue Ice Docs. Sideways Film handles sales.