ROME — Werner Herzog is being homaged by Italy’s National Film Museum in Turin with his first complete retro meticulously assembled by the top Italo film institution, which is restoring 35 titles among the prolific Teutonic auteur’s total 54 pics.
The Turin museum, which is headed by former Venice fest topper Alberto Barbera, will also honor Herzog’s 45-year career with a special screening/concert titled “Requiem for a Dying Planet,” in which a montage of footage from “The Wild Blue Yonder” and “The White Diamond,” both recent eco-themed Herzog works, will unspool accompanied by music from a live trio.
The trio accompanying the montage will comprise “Blue Yonder” scoresmith and Dutch jazz cellist Ernst Reijseger, along with Senegalese singer Mola Sylla and Sardinian choir Tenore e Cuncordu de Orosei, who performed the celestial soundtrack for “Yonder.”
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The Turin museum is hailing Herzog — winner of a slew of prizes including the Cannes 1982 best director nod for “Fitzcarraldo,” and, more recently the DGA’s docu nod for “Grizzly Man” — as “one of the most interesting and radical directors of our time.”
The retro will unspool at the museum in the Northern Italian city Jan. 16-Feb. 10. The gala concert is scheduled for Jan. 17 at Turin’s Teatro Regio.
A multimedia exposition dedicated to Herzog’s work titled “Signs of Life” has been personally curated by Barbera.
Herzog, who will be on hand, will also hold a two-day filmmaking workshop Jan. 17-18 with 25 selected young participants.