Into the Inferno

Into the Inferno, and Q&A with Werner Herzog

Filmmaker, globetrotter, and shaman Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer dare us to stare into the fiery abyss and not jump. So intoxicating are the tales they tell—of island rituals, volcano worship, and earthly forces beyond comprehension—that you may leave the theater wanting to abandon the mundane world of Western civilization. In the great tradition of his Encounters at the End of the World and Grizzly Man, Herzog invites us to abandon our comfort zones and embrace the rush of the natural world.

A Q&A with Werner Herzog, moderated by curator Aram Moshayedi, follows the screening.

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$12 General Admission 
$8 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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Refunds cannot be provided.



Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash or check only)
Food and Drink: Enjoy happy hour in our open courtyard café, AMMO at the Hammer beginning at 4 p.m. Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. 
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

The Hollywood Reporter is the Official Media Sponsor of The Contenders.