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MY BEST FIEND - KLAUS KINSKI (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI)

MY BEST FIEND - KLAUS KINSKI

A chain of coincidence brings the 13-year-old Werner Herzog together with Klaus Kinski in the same apartment in Munich. In an unabated, 48-hour fit of rage, Kinski immediately proceeds to lay waste to all the furniture, only one of many such fits to follow. Herzog therefore knows what awaits him when, some years later, he engages Kinski to work with him on AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, their first film together. Four more films will follow. MY BEST FIEND is a film about the love-hate relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski - utterly puzzling to outsiders - about deep trust between an actor and a director, and their independently and simultaneously hatched plans to murder one another.


Werner Herzog was born in 1942 and has produced, written and directed more than 60 films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. A selection of his films includes: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN, 1970), LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT, 1971), FATA MORGANA (1971), AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, 1972), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (JEDER FUER SICH UND GOTT GEGEN ALLE, 1974), HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS, 1976), LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977), STROSZEK (1977), WOYZECK (1979), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM (WO DIE GRUENEN AMEISEN TRAEUMEN, 1984), COBRA VERDE (1988), ECHOES FROM A SOMBRE EMPIRE (ECHOS AUS EINEM DUESTEREN REICH , 1990), SCREAM OF STONE (SCHREI AUS STEIN, 1991), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS, 1992), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (GLOCKEN AUS DER TIEFE, 1993), MY BEST FIEND (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE TRUMPET (2002), WHEEL OF TIME (RAD DER ZEIT, 2003), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), RESCUE DAWN (2006), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (2009), THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIE HÖHLE DER VERGESSENEN TRÄUME, 2010), and INTO THE ABYSS (2011).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1999
Director Werner Herzog
Cinematography Peter Zeitlinger
Joe Bini
Popol Vuh
Cast Guillermo Rios, Justo Gonzales, Benino Moreno Placido, Baron von der Recke, Beat Pressner, Claudia Cardinale, Eva Mattes, Andres Vicente
Producer Lucki Stipetic
Production Companies Café-Productions/London, Zephir Filmverleih/Duesseldorf, in cooperation with ARTE, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, YLE
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 1999 (Special Screening/Out of Competition), Munich 1999, Gothenburg 2000, Fidmarseille 2005 (Retrospective), Kerala 2010, Helsinki 2012, Sheffield Doc Fest 2013, Nyon 2019
German Distributor Zephir Filmverleih/Duesseldorf

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