Herzog film makes debut at German festival

BERLIN — Werner Herzog’s war drama “Rescue Dawn,” starring Christian Bale, will have its German premiere at the Mu-nich Film Festival, which kicks off Friday.

Pic chronicles the fate of a U.S. pilot shot down over Laos during a bombing mission in 1965. It dramatizes the story of Ger-man-born pilot Dieter Dengler, which Herzog has already told in his 1997 documentary “Little Dieter Needs to Fly.”

Herzog, who is being honored at the nine-day fest along with Richard Linklater and Kevin Kline, will present the pic.

Bale, currently in Bat-mode shooting Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” will not attend.

“Rescue Dawn” hits local theaters in October via Central Film.

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