Werner Herzog is a German screenwriter, director, author and actor who is considered one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema. For his first feature film, 'Signs of Life' (1968), he won the 'Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury'. The film, 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' (1974), won the 'Grand Prix Spécial du Jury' at the Cannes Festival; 'Nosferatu the Vampyre' (1979) was nominated for 'Golden Bear'; and the films 'Woyzeck' (1979) and 'Where the Green Ants Dream' (1984) were nominated for 'Golden Palm'. One of his best movies, 'Fitzcarraldo' (1982), won him the best director award at the 'Cannes Film Festival'.
An avant-garde director known for his challenging film shoots, he often portrays ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams and tackle daring topics in his documentaries. Some of the international award-winning movies in his filmography include 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God' (1972), 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly' (1997), 'My Best Fiend' (1999), 'Scream of Stone' (1991) and 'The Wild Blue Yonder' (2005). His recent films, 'Rescue Dawn' (2006) and 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' (2009), earned positive reviews despite failing commercially, while 'Queen of the Desert' (2015) was a critical and commercial failure.