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Trailer for Encoutners at the End of the World, 2009 Oscar Best Documentary Nominee

Oscar Movie Preview: Encounters at the End of the World For Best Documentary

Since it can often be hard to see some of the Oscar-nominated documentaries in theaters, it's nice to get a taste of them before Oscar night — not to mention that it might help you when you fill out your Oscar ballot. So this week I'll feature as many of the Best Documentary previews as I can.

Leave it to Werner Herzog to find the poetry and beauty in hanging out with a bunch of quirky Antarctica scientists. By all accounts Herzog, considered a most talented modern-day documentary filmmaker, has achieved something truly special with this latest project.

The movie's website describes what's going on this time around:

There is a hidden society at the end of the world. One thousand men and women live together under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science. Now, for the first time, an outsider has been admitted. In his first documentary since Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog, accompanied only by his camerman, traveled to Antarctica, with rare access to the raw beauty and raw humanity of the ultimate Down Under.

From a visual standpoint, the images he captures of Antarctica are breathtaking and seem otherworldly. And I believe the Academy and the critics when they say his story is just as compelling.

To watch the trailer for yourself,



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