Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

United Kingdom | 2019 | 85 min. | Werner Herzog

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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.

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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.

“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

“Larger than life, just as both the director and its subject.”—Larry Kikta, Film Threat

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 85 min.
  • Producer: Lucki Stipec, Steve O'Hagan
  • Cinematographers: Louis Caulfield, Mike Paterson
  • Editors: Marco Capalbo
  • Music: Ernst Reijseger
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Into the Inferno (Doc., 2016); Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (Doc., 2016); Queen of the Desert (2015); Into the Abyss (Doc., 2011); Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D (Doc., 2010); Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009); Encounters at the End of the World (Doc., 2007); Rescue Dawn (2006); The Wild Blue Yonder (Doc., 2005); Grizzly Man (Doc., 2005); My Best Friend (Doc., 1999); Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Doc., 1997); Fitzcarraldo (1982); Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979); Stroszek (1977); Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)
  • Language: English