Werner Herzog
United States | 2022 | 107 min
Swiss Premiere
Language : English
Subtitle : French

“For years I have been fascinated by the mysteries of the brain. We decided to go on a road trip, a journey through the mind”. Through interviews with expert scientists, and driven by a limitless curiosity, Werner Herzog offers a fascinating dive into our synapses that gives prominence to fantasy and fiction.

In his book Of Walking in Ice (1988), Werner Herzog was already writing: “while walking, so many things pass through one's head, the brain rages”. He willingly admits that he has been “fascinated by its mysteries” for decades. With Theatre of Thought, he has “decided to go on a road trip, a journey through the mind”. The filmmaker heads to the United States to interview scientific experts who are specialists in the field of neuroscience and artificial intelligence (including one of the creators of Siri), but also entrepreneurs, surgeons, and even high-wire artist Philippe Petit – famous for his unauthorised high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Driven by his legendary curiosity, Werner Herzog - Guest of Honour of Visions du Réel 2019 - offers a fascinating and accessible plunge into our synapses, also examining the ethical and legal implications of this research, including a recent amendment to the Chilean constitution to protect brain activity. What would happen if we could read each other’s thoughts? Giving prominence to fantasy and fiction in this celebration of cinema, Herzog also explores the limits of scientific research into the human brain, as well as the urgent necessity of “neuro rights”, the rights of the brain.

Charlotte Serrand

Theatre of Thought, 2022
Meeting Gorbachev, 2018
Königin der Wüste, 2015
On Death Row, 2012 
Into The Abyss, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2010 
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, 2009
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, 2009
Encounters at The End of The World, 2007 
The Wild Blue Yonder, 2005
Grizzly Man, 2005
Fitzcarraldo, 1982
Woyzeck, 1978
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht, 1978 
Stroszek, 1976
Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle, 1974
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes, 1972
Luke HolwerdaPeter ZeitlingerVicente Rosselot
Marco Capalbo
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