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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Behind the scenes of the film LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY: Werner Herzog is taking a photo of Dieter Denger who is pointing at a photograph pinned to a wooden wall.

Wed 21.09.

  • Director

    Werner Herzog

  • Germany, USA / 1997
    77 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Welcoming speech: Rainer Rother (Deutsche Kinemathek), Introduction: Kristina Jaspers (Deutsche Kinemathek)

The film tells the spectacular story of Dieter Dengler, a German who emigrated to America and became a pilot with the US navy during the Vietnam war. He was shot down and spent time in a brutal prison camp, but managed to escape and became a war hero. LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY is a virtual prototype of Werner Herzog’s method of documentary filmmaking. It is illustrative of his "ecstatic truth" that transcends the mere depiction of reality. Herzog does that with an extremely subjective approach, the stylization of key experiences, and re-enactments that push psychological boundaries.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media
  • Logo des Programms NeuStart Kultur