“Into the Abyss,” the latest documentary from Werner Herzog, finds the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” auteur delving into the legacy of a triple homicide in Texas. No 3D this time around. To flesh the story out, Herzog interviewed the victims’ families and those convicted for the crime, including one man on death row, eight days before his execution.
The film premiered in Toronto to positive notices and will open this year’s DOC NYC film festival on November 2. (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” opened the inaugural festival last year.) Here’s what iW’s Eric Kohn had to say about the doc in his review out of Toronto:
Werner Herzog never enters the frame during his latest eccentric nonfiction foray, “Into the Abyss,” but the director’s phantom presence is the star of the show. Herzog is heard on the other side of the camera; he’s occasionally visible as a reflection in a glass divider when speaking with his incarcerated subjects.
The trailer is appropriately sober and haunting and features a crop of rave reviews from A.O. Scott, Roger Ebert and the like.
Sundance Selects opens it in theaters on November 11.