Salt and Fire is one of a number of new projects by German visionary director Werner Herzog. Herzog has been one of the most prolific filmmakers and documentarians of the 20th and 21st century. He might be the only filmmaker who has kept up with Woody Allen, who is famous for putting out a film per year since the early 1970s. Salt and Fire has played at film festivals around the world for a while now but it won’t see wide release until April 2017.
According to a summary of the film, Salt and Fire tells the story of a group of scientists who travel to South America to investigate an ecological disaster. Once they arrive they are kidnapped by the company that caused the disaster. Once the volcano starts to show signs of upcoming eruption everybody is forced to work together for survival. This is not the first time Herzog has dealt with volcanoes. He previously made two documentaries, La Soufrière and Into the Inferno, on the subject.
The trailer for this film is full of shots that could be put on a poster straight away in some cases because of the locations and in some cases because of the framing. Given the fact this is only the first trailer there is no dialogue, this trailer is supposed to establish the atmosphere and that’s exactly what it does. The music is full of danger, the actors look intense and the feeling throughout is that something bad is about to happen.
Salt and Fire is directed by Werner Herzog and stars Gael García Bernal, Michael Shannon and Veronica Ferres. It will be released in the U.S. on April 7th, 2017 with an as of yet unknown U.K. release date. For international release dates, click here.
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