Visions du Réel - International Film Festival

Meeting Herzog


We are very proud and happy to welcome in Nyon, in slightly more than one month, the German director based in Los Angeles Werner Herzog. He will attend the Festival for several days and introduce some of his films. He will be awarded the Sesterce d'or Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel on Monday 8 April, 20:30, before the screening of his last feature film Meeting Gorbachev, with a laudatio by Carlo Chatrian, Berlinale's Artistic Director as of its 2020 edition. Werner Herzog will also give a Masterclass on Tuesday 9 April, 14:00

Tickets available as of 11 March on

In partnership with the Cinémathèque suisse and the ECAL.

Photo: Werner Herzog ©Robin Holland


Since 1962, Werner Herzog has been evolving freely between forms and filming methods, fiction and documentary. He has directed about 70 films. 14 will be presented during Visions du Réel, from 5 to 13 April:

• Meeting Gorbachev (co-director André Singer), 2018 in Swiss premiere
• Into the Inferno, 2017
• Encounters at the End of the World, 2007
• The Wild Blue Yonder, 2005
• Grizzly Man, 2005
• My Best Fiend, 1999
• Wings of Hope, 1999
• Little Dieter Needs to Fly, 1997
• Lessons of Darkness, 1992
• Gasherbrum - The Dark Glow of the Mountains, 1984
• Fitzcarraldo, 1982
• La Soufrière, 1977
• The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, 1973
• Fata Morgana, 1970

In his last feature film Meeting Gorbachev, a singularly personal film, Werner Herzog meets with 87-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union. In Fitzcarraldo, one of Herzog's masterpieces, Klaus Kinski navigates right to the top of a mountain where he aims to build an opera house in Amazonia... And also, the director offers a fascinating reflection on (human) nature in Grizzly Man, following the life of Timothy Treadwell among the bears of Alaska, as well as in Encounters at the End of the World, observing the surreal and sometimes absurd experiences of scientists at the South Pole. Those films, and many more, to be discovered or to be seen again during the 50th edition of Visions du Réel.  

Complete programme and tickets available as of 11 March 2019.

Learn more and discover Werner Herzog's mash-up trailer >



Discover Visions du Réel's 50th edition official trailer, with a film clip of Encounters at the End of the World by Werner Herzog.

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