Wings of Hope (1999)

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Werner Herzog returns to the South American jungle with Juliane Koepcke, the German woman who was the sole survivor of a plane crash there in 1971. They find the remains of the plane and recreate her journey out of the jungle.


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10 January 2012 | MartinTeller
| Wings of Hope
Another remarkable Herzog doc, about Juliane Koepcke, the 17 year-old sole survivor of a 1971 plane crash in the Peruvian jungle. 27 years later, Herzog takes her to visit the crash site and retrace her nine-day journey to rescue. The tale has many fascinating elements, not the least of which is the fact that Herzog himself was almost on that flight, on his way to film AGUIRRE. Then there's the man with a special role in the story, and who almost lost his life helping with the documentary. The film contains the usual enigmatic Herzogian touches like his poetic narration and strange detours. One of my favorite moments was actually one of the least relevant: a minute is taken to film a young girl delighted with the camera. An upbeat glimmer of innocence in this story of someone facing the abyss and emerging through the other side, haunted forever but still alive.

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Release Date:

1 February 2000


Spanish, English, German

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Germany, UK

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