37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

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Chronicling Werner Herzog’s making of the feature film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, this documentary provides insight into his craft. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done was inspired by the true story of an actor who committed in reality the crime he was supposed to enact on stage in a production of an ancient Greek play: murdering his mother. Providing intimate insight into creation of the film, Herzog reveals his privacy and the deep solitude that in some essential ways defines him. Exploring the themes of his work, Herzog’s idea that film should be, not an analysis, but an ‘agitation of the mind’, informs the telling of the story that unfolds here. Discussion with director Herbert Golder, moderated by Wesley Harris (UVA)


Saturday, November 3


4:00 PM


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 4

Film Info

Director: Herbert Golder

Runtime: 63 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2017

Country: Mexico/USA

Language: English

Featuring: Werner Herzog, Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Michael Peña.