Spain (2020), 80 min.

dir. Pablo Maqueda

In 1974 Werner Herzog walked from Munich to Paris. an act of faith to prevent the death of his mentor Lotte Eisner. In 2020. a young filmmaker walks following in Herzog s footsteps in an act of love to one of the best filmmakers of our time.

A journey through villages. nature. loneliness and cold. looking for the meaning of filmmaking.

Including fragments of the book “Of Walking in Ice” by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog narrated by himself exclusively for the film.

Long Synopsis:

DEAR WERNER is a documentary inspired by the book written by Werner Herzog. and edited in Spain by Gallo Nero. ‘Of Walking on Ice·. The book struck me from the first time I read it as it goes beyond being a travel journal. Between poetry and reality, the abstract and the concrete. Herzog is capable of transmitting the cold and pain that the soles of his feet endured during that adventure. In the book. Werner sets out on this journey as a desperate act of faith and love to try to save the life of one of his best friends. his mentor. the renowned film critic Lotte Eisner. who is seriously ill. An unforgettable walking trip from Munich to Paris during a harsh winter in 1974. In this documentary I have followed in his footsteps. traveling the same path 45 years later. trying to reflect on his cinema and the sense of creation. looking to the past. and through my own experience in the present. During the journey, I reflect on the loneliness of cinema and the need for creation. on the projects that remain along the way, on the frustration of rejection. on the euphoria when one creates a powerful image in the mind of another human being. I like to say that this documentary is a cinematographic letter addressed to one of the best soldiers. as he defines us. in the history of cinema. A journey from the past to the present while trying to find my own voice as a filmmaker. As Werner Herzog says: “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.”

“Master of Art” Film Festival 2021