Film & Discussion: Into the Abyss

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Pacific Film Archieve Theater
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
April 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
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Werner Herzog’s very first film concept centered on a prison. Decades later, he reflects on a triple murder in a small Texas town through interviews with two men convicted of the killings. “A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment”

A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.”—Hollywood Reporter

Werner Herzog’s very first film concept centered on a prison. Decades later, he reflects on a triple murder in a small Texas town through interviews with two men convicted of the killings. At the time of the murders they were teenagers; now in their late twenties, one is on death row and the other is serving a life sentence. Herzog also has intimate, revealing conversations with prison and law officials, and family members of both the victims and the murderers, creating a complex portrait of the costs of death, whether at the hands of an individual or the state. As he so often has, Herzog here “probes the contradictions of the human heart, in which nobility and savagery are so entwined as to be almost indistinguishable”