Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer Have an Informal Chat at Sundance’s Cinema Café


Today marks the halfway point for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and already some films seem destined for wide-audience success. In addition to screening independent films, however, Sundance also features a daily series of “informal chats” with special guests that have, in the past, included Spike Lee, Louis C.K., and Lena Dunham.

Yesterday in a collaboration with TimesTalks, Kathleen Lingo sat down with acclaimed writer/director/actor Werner Herzog and The Look of Silencedirector Joshua Oppenheimer for Cinema Café. Herzog and Oppenheimer discussed everything from how they choose which stories to turn into movies to how important it is to expose past lies for exactly what they are.

You can watch the entire 90-minute talk here or you can just watch a clip of Werner Herzog self-describing as a “fluffy husband” below. He’s also completely immodest about his greatness as a villain in Jack Reacher .