The Enigma of Kasper Hauser

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1974, 109 minsmins, DCP

  • Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira

“Every man for himself and God against all”, the film’s German title seems to summarize Kaspar’s thinking. Locked in the cellar for 18 years, the “wildman” becomes a public sensation when he ventures into a society that wishes to civilize him. A mysterious attack ends his life, with his origin never discovered and the hostility towards him never explained. Once a mental patient, Bruno S. perfectly fits into Kaspar’s role in one of Herzog’s most fascinating films, a bizarre but real story that gives an unforgettable, dreamlike meditation on the nature of civilization and the fine line between sanity and madness.

1975 Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury


In-theatre Screening

  • Door Tickets Available at the Venue on Screening Date2018-01-27 (Sat)


1. Screenings at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE, Emperor Cinemas Times Square and PREMIERE Elements : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

3. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

4. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.