New series of films at Woodend Barn

Woodend Barn Arts Centre in Banchory begins a new season of film screenings this month with a two-night celebration of the work of acclaimed film director Werner Herzog.

Into the Abyss (cert. 12A) will be shown on Tuesday 10 July and is a compelling reflection on capital punishment.

Focusing on the aftermath of a triple murder in Texas for which teenagers Michael Perry and Jason Burkett were convicted, Herzog embarks in a dialogue with the prisoners, local residents, relatives of the victims, and a woman who met and married Burkett after his conviction.

Although dealing with difficult subject matter, Herzog offers the viewer unusual and profound insights into the nature of life and death though his detached yet highly intuitive interview style, including a fascinating moment in which a prison chaplain breaks down after being asked to talk of an encounter with a squirrel.

The focus on Herzog’s work continues on Wednesday 25 July with a screening of Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Cert. U) in which the director was given unique access to film the 30,000 year-old cave art within France’s Chauvet Pont d’Arc.

These are the earliest known visions of mankind and only a small number of researchers have ever seen the art in person.

A £7 plus booking fee double ticket offer for both films is available in advance by telephoning Woodend Barn box office on 01330 825431.

Upcoming films in Woodend Barn’s current season also include Senna on 29 August; The Artist on 11 September and Hugo on 26 September. All films begin at 7.30pm.