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When British writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he gave his friend Werner Herzog the rucksack that he carried on all of his adventures around the world. Now, three decades later, carrying the rucksack, Herzog sets out on his own journey inspired by Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life. Along the way, Herzog discovers stories of dinosaurs, lost tribes, Aboriginal traditions, wanderers and dreamers. From Patagonia, to the gorgeous landscape of Wales, to the Australian outback, NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN offers a fitting and thought-provoking tribute to a man whose work explores human restlessness and wandering, borders and exile, and art and objects. Told in Werner Herzog’s distinctive style, Nomad is a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most charismatic writers, full of memorable characters and encounters. It is also a portrait of two kindred spirits and offers a fascinating insight into Herzog’s own obsessions and imagination. (Synopsis from the Tribeca Film Festival)
“An encomium to a lost friend. [Herzog] imbues the film with rich narration, unforgettable characters and National Geographic-worthy landscape shots all his own.” —Jason Newman, Rolling Stone “A personal voyage in nostalgia and a love letter to his departed friend, writer, and archaeologist Bruce Chatwin… Extremely moving and because it’s Herzog, very existential.” —Lorry Kikta, Film Threat “Duplicating many of Chatwin’s most notable journeys, Herzog evokes the late English wanderer’s restless soul and curious fascination with profound issues that have long captivated the director…marries its maker’s commentary to tableaux that convey a sense of profound beauty and primordial mystery.” —Nick Schager, Variety
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