- Werner Herzog
- Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson
A curious and adventurous young woman eager to explore the world outside of England, Gertrude Bell goes to the British Embassy in Tehran, thus beginning a life-long adventure among the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. Along the way, her path intersects with archaeologist T.E. Lawrence also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and Major Charles Doughty-Wylie, the British Consul General in the Ottoman Empire. Directed by Werner Herzog, this true story seeks to cast light on an unjustly forgotten explorer’s life, as does the new documentary Letters from Baghdad, also screening this Fall. “For modern audiences, Kidman’s embodiment of Bell may serve to represent an early symbol for equality of the sexes, but in Herzog’s more Germanic way, it actually stands to represent a kind of superiority: Here was a woman whose thirst for life left her towering over the petty ambitions of bureaucrats, civil servants and other small men.” (Variety) In English, Arabic and Turkish with English subtitles.