wernerThough it's frustratingly brief, one of GreenCineDaily's reports from Venice offers a tantalizing look at the latest work from the suddenly prolific Werner Herzog, The Wild Blue Yonder. The film, which comes hot on the heels of a trio of documentaries from the director (Grizzly Man, The White Diamond, Wheel of Life) is said to be a sort of fictional documentary in the mold of Lessons of Darkness,Herzog's brilliant meditation on the Kuwaiti oil fires.

Wild Blue
Yonder'swebsite tells us that "The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable." As with Lessons of Darkness, the cause of the disaster is unclear, allowing Herzog to mix science fiction with the possibilities of a man-made apocalypse. In the absence of man, the planet has been taken over by a race of "visitors" from a watery planet, one of whom narrates the film. Though it's anyone's guess how the story (if there is one) develops, the film marks new territory for Herzog, who in my memory has never worked underwater before. According to GreenCine, he triumphs, creating "an amazingly enchanting film with exquisite underwater photography." See? I told you it was tantalizing.