After a pretty satisfying award season last year with "The President" reaping the Golden Hugo at the Chicago FF, this time my latest doc (co-directed with Steve Humphries) has been nominated for a Royal Television Society award in the category best documentary. The awards ceremony will take place at the Old Vic in Bristol on Sunday, March 9th 2015. I'll be attending the event.
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Yesterday, the first reviews came back for my most recent film, The Peadophile Next Door, broadcast on Channel 4 (co-director: Steve Humphries). I've copied in some of the press responses and a short synopsis below. The film also rated significantly above the benchmark, coming in at 1.7 million live views.
UPDATE: Film was discussed in UK parliament briefly today 28-11-14
"a triumph of brave and considered logic"
"a calm and sensible film"
"a groundbreaking documentary"
The latest film coproduced by my company, Brümmer&Herzog Filmproduktion, has just won the Chicago Filmfestival (Golden Hugo Award).
Set “in an unknown country”– and shot in the Republic of Georgia– “The President” is a timely drama about a deposed dictator on the run with his 5-year-old grandson after a coup d’etat. They meet freed political prisoners who survived torture, as Mahkmalbaf did at the hands of the Shah’s secret police in the ‘70s.
Some reviews have come back from the two most recent projects I've been working on:
-My film A SHORT HISTORY OF NUCLEAR FOLLY went out in Germany and France on ARTE and was reviewed very favourably by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany's leading daily paper.
"a tale of negligence and hubris that makes one speechless... at other times one can't help but laugh out loud". Spektrum described it as a „symphony of the absurd“. The film also rated well, coming in more than a third above the benchmark.
As some of you may know, I co-produced THE PRESIDENT, the latest feature film of legendary Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The latest is that the film will open the renowned "Orizzonti" strand of the Venice Film Festival 2014.
If you want to know more about the project, please refer to the synopsis below.
The transmission date for my new film A SHORT HISTORY OF NUCLEAR FOLLY (German title: "Die Atombombe im Vorgarten") has now been published, it's August 19th, at 09:50 p.m. on German/French culture channel ARTE. As a run-up to the broadcast, I did a 1 hour interview with German public radio. It includes stories from both the film and my book of the same title, as well as a more general portrait of yours truly. It will also be available as a podcast & stream from the HR2 Kultur website. I've attached the relevant details and a blurb below. All German language only, I hasten to add...
My SHORT HISTORY OF NUCLEAR FOLLY is now available as a paperback. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Nuclear-Folly/dp/1612193307/ref=tmm_...
I actually spent most of last year turning FOLLIES into a film. It will be released in Germany and France sometime this summer. International sales are handled by ZDF Enterprises. As soon as more specific dates emerge, I'll create an updated post.
Dear reader of my newsletter,
for all those who don't live in London or have friends here, this message is pretty irrelevant...apologies! But for all others, I want to call attention to my upcoming U.K. book launch of A SHORT HISTORY OF NUCLEAR FOLLY.
There will be several events and it would be great to have you and your friends there!
- My first reading is on Fri, June 7th at 7:30 pm at the Betsey Trotwood pub, 56 Farringdon Rd. It's a free event, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- I'll be at the ICA on Saturday afternoon (8th) to introduce a screening of "Dr.Strangelove".
A first round of reviews has just come back for my new book, A SHORT HISTORY OF NUCLEAR FOLLY. Please follow the link below to see an interview with me
on the BBC WORLD NEWS: http://vimeo.com/65658568
and a 1 hour reading on C-SPAN: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/312985-1
An eclectic, innovative approach to the bureaucratization of creativity during the Cold War.” —The Los Angeles Review of Books
My new film THE AGENT has received some very favorable reviews. For your information, some press quotes are included below:
"There's no better way to tell a story... a little masterpiece"
WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
"Rudolph Herzog's documentary offers deep insights into the world of East-West espionage with all its turmoils."
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
"A film like a movie thriller. Rudolph Herzog grippingly tells the life story of Werner Stiller who was given a new identity by the CIA." Rating: 6 of 6 stars
NEUE OSNABRÜCKER ZEITUNG