FACT: The late great film critic Roger Ebert included Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath of God in his top 10 favourite films of all time. Need we give you any more reasons to enter this competition to see it on the big screen?
As part of the BFI's season on the legendary German director next month, we've got three pairs of tickets to the opening night screening of Aguirre: the Wrath of God. All you have to do is enter our competition below.
From its opening shots of an ant-like column of Spanish conquistadors and their enslaved indigenous porters scrambling perilously down through the clouds on a sheer pass in the Andes, it’s immediately clear that Werner Herzog’s account of the quest for El Dorado – now newly restored – will be something extraordinary. As the pious but ruthlessly ambitious invaders pursue their fantasies of riches and power, they soon fall prey not only to the Amazonian forests, rivers and Indians but to their own ludicrous delusions of recreating European society in an indifferent, wholly alien landscape. Most extreme in this madness is Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), whose megalomaniac scheming develops from the mutinous to the murderous.
More info on the season
François Truffaut once called Werner Herzog "the most important film director alive" and in June BFI Southbank will present the first part of an in-depth retrospective of films to support this statement. Throughout the half-century of his career, Herzog has remained true to his ideas and ambitions. Often daring, sometimes idiosyncratic, he is an uncompromising filmmaker on many levels - even when he was directing actor Klaus Kinski in their famously antagonistic relationship. What seems to matter most to Herzog is to tell a story based on the extremes of experience that life throws at us all. Starting with Signs of Life (Lebenszeichen, 1968), his first feature, the strangeness of life is evoked when three German soldiers, at the end of WWII, are driven to inertia in their post on a Greek island. In contrast, Even Dwarves Started Small (AuchZwerge haben klein angefangen, 1970) is a study of power in an isolated penal institution in habited by dwarfs who stage a revolution. The profoundly moving Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit, 1971) documents the concerns of the deaf-blind, while in La Soufriére (1977) he interviews the last inhabitant of Guadeloupe who has refused to leave the island despite an imminent volcanic eruption. Other titles to feature include partnerings with Kinski in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978) and Woyzeck (1979); in July part two will offer an even broader selection of titles.
HOW TO ENTER
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see the film, all you have to do is send us the answer to the following question:
Which of the following films was NOT directed by Werner Herzog?
a) Even Dwarves Started Small
b) Land of Silence and Darkness
c) Paris, Texas
Send us your answers here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck, y'all.
To see the full listings for the BFI's Werner Herzog season, head over here.
Terms & Conditions
Competition will close on May 28, 2013.
Open to UK participants only.
Prize for 3 winners is 2 x tickets to see 'Aguirre: the Wrath of God' at the BFI Southbank, 6.30pm, June 7.
There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
Winners will be picked at random and contacted by the site. The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address.
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The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
Eligibility : This contest is open to all UK readers of Grolsch Film Works who are currently aged 18 or over. SABMiller employees, or those who work for their agencies are illegible for this contest.