Werner Herzog’s Death Row Portraits

Wednesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 26, 2012

We’re thrilled to welcome back Werner Herzog to IFC Center for the U.S. premiere of the director’s cuts of his new DEATH ROW PORTRAITS on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26. Herzog will screen the complete four-part series — which premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival — in two programs and lead a discussion following each screening both nights. Herzog will also sign books, posters and DVDs at 6:45pm both nights, including copies of the newly released IFC Center hit Into the Abyss, his acclaimed recent documentary about a triple homicide in Texas. Separate admission for each program.

Conceived as a companion to Into the Abyss, DEATH ROW PORTAITS focuses on five inmates awaiting their appointment with a lethal injection in the Texas and Florida prison systems. Through their stories, Herzog conducts a uniquely thought-provoking analysis of why people, and the state, kill. Each inmate offers an account of life in captivity and the crime that condemned them, as Herzog explores the emotions that these men and women go through as they address the haunting knowledge of exactly when—and how—they are going to die.  A broadcast version of the series aired recently to critical acclaim on Investigation Discovery; the IFC Center screenings are the premiere of the uncut director’s versions of the films.

Presented in Association with INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

Herzog signings Wed Apr 25 & Thu Apr 26 at 6:45pm:

Available merchandise for the signing includes the newly released INTO THE ABYSS on DVD and blu-ray, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS on DVD and blu-ray 3D, and Herzog’s recent memoir, CONQUEST OF THE USELESS: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo. Posters and mini-posters for CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and INTO THE ABYSS will also be available. All items available from our concession stand.

Due to time constraints, Mr. Herzog will only be able to sign copies of DVDs, posters or books sold at the IFC Center concession stand.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate patrons at the signing who bring in outside items to be signed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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