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This week saw the Cannes Film Festival reception held by Medienboard, the film funding agency for the Berlin-Brandenburg region of Germany, at the Grand Hotel.
Medienboard chief Kirsten Niehuus gathered together friends and partners to celebrate the films it has backed recently, including Cannes festival films like Kornel Mundruczo’s competition entry “Jupiter’s Moon,” and Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” which plays in Un Certain Regard.
Among the guests welcomed at the event were Mundruczo, Grisebach, veteran filmmaker Volker Schloendorff, actress Julie Delpy, “Jupiter’s Moon’s” producer Viktoria Petranyi, Stefan Arndt, one of the producers of Michael Haneke’s competition film “Happy End,” Martin Moszkowicz, producer of the “Resident Evil” franchise, and Tom Zickler, Til Schweiger’s regular production partner.
- Leo Barraclough
Salt and Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking situation where a leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of the salt flats wasteland.
Lrm had an exclusive interview late last month with actress Vernoica Ferres. She discussed the lure and vision of Werner Herzog and the unpredictability and improvisation on acting with the two blind boys.
Salt and Fire is in limited theater release and available on VOD and iTunes today.
Read the full interview below.
Lrm: What attracted you to this movie?
- Gig Patta
A UK trailer has arrived online for the home entertainment release of Salt and Fire. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog, the thriller stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres, and Gael Garcia Bernal; watch it below after the official synopsis…
When a renowned scientist is sent to Bolivia on an urgent mission to analyse a looming environmental catastrophe she along with her colleagues are deceived by a man claiming to be a member of the Ministry of Security and are kidnapped by a mysterious group of masked men. The prisoners are subsequently led down a path of discovery revealing the dark machinations of a global corporation responsible for an ever threatening ecological disaster; their only hope is to unravel the truth.
Salt and Fire is set for release on April 24th on DVD and VOD. »
- Amie Cranswick
Plot: Three Un doctors investigating a man-made ecological disaster are kidnapped by the CEO (Michael Shannon) of the multi-national company responsible. He chooses one of the doctors (Veronica Ferres) to accompany him to a rapidly expanding salt flat harboring a nearby super volcano that, he believes, is ready to erupt and could be a world-ending event. Review: It.s a horrific thing when you wake up one... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Best known as a documentarian, especially to many younger filmgoers just now getting into the director’s catalog, the name Werner Herzog not only conjures up a very specific image of the man himself as well as his work crafting almost metaphysical style non-fiction masterworks. However, across his decades-spanning career, Herzog has also been the creative voice behind some of the most interesting and esoteric narrative fiction features of the last 40-plus years. Ranging from the descent into madness that is Aguire, The Wrath Of God to the unhinged Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans, Herzog has cemented himself as one of cinema’s great artists.
And yet, even the greatest artists make missteps.
One of two films from Herzog opening this weekend (the second being the career-worst Queen Of The Desert), Salt And Fire is a confounding mishmash of Herzogian man-vs-nature philosophizing and emotionally disconnected storytelling. The film »
- Joshua Brunsting
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark
After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.
- Edward Douglas
Vast, impenetrable reams of aphoristic waffle are spouted by the characters in “Salt and Fire,” but minutes from the end of Werner Herzog’s thoroughly peculiar new narrative outing, the protagonist finally, plainly speaks for the audience. “Are you kidding me?” she yells — in bewildered response to the last of several random story swerves in the film, though it’s tempting to imagine the camera simply caught actress Veronica Ferres’s spontaneous reaction to the bonkers script. Either way, by this point, she’s only half as perplexed as most viewers will be by this awkwardly shoehorned fusion of ecological thriller, ideological romance and meditative landscape ode — only the last mode of which appears to have the veteran auteur’s full attention.
It’s no surprise, given Herzog’s recent dedication to the documentary form, that Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats should emerge as the true star of “Salt and Fire, »
- Guy Lodge
There ain’t no party like a Werner Herzog party. His latest, Salt and Fire, feels like a mashup of his current preoccupations – combining philosophical volcanology (Into the Inferno and Encounters at the End of the World), ecological apocalypticism (Lessons of Darkness), historical/cultural analysis (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), and his penchant for having very intense men delivering very cryptic dialogue (basically everything he’s ever done).
The narrative centres on a team of scientists travelling to Chile to deliver a report on an ongoing ecological disaster. They’re Professor Laura Sommerfeld (Veronica Ferres), Doctor Cavani (Gael Garcia Bernal), and Doctor Meier (Volker Michalowski), who are on a Un mission and are expecting to be met by government officials once they land.
Unfortunately for them, they’re actually met by a team of black-clad paramilitary soldiers who kidnap them and whisk them away to an isolated villa. They’re led »
- David James
Roger Ebert once observed that Werner Herzog “has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting,” that “even his failures are spectacular.” Ebert died in 2013, just before Herzog would start to prove him wrong.
“Salt and Fire” isn’t compromised or shameful, it isn’t always uninteresting, and it certainly isn’t made for pragmatic reasons, but there’s nothing the least bit spectacular about the filmmaker’s latest attempt to humble us before nature. Even the landscape feels mundane, as the dreamlike infinity of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni — the world’s largest salt flat — has already been commercialized by a zillion different car commercials. There’s no doubt that Herzog’s quixotic flair for adventure remains intact (his recent documentary work is proof enough of that), but it’s dispiriting all the same to see him boldly go where several Kias have gone before. »
- David Ehrlich
Review by Stephen Tronicek
It seems Werner Herzog’s art persona exists in the realm of Werner Herzog, not in the realm of modern Hollywood. It’s almost as if the industry evolved around him, leaving him still chugging and fighting the auteurist good fight, churning out the same mind wrenching, thoughtful epics and strangely philosophical and human documentaries that defined his early career. When approaching a narrative feature of his, it’s important to consider this: Even his most acclaimed narrative works, such as Aguirre: The Wrath Of God or Nosferatu are slow building films that in their time were hailed as masterpieces (they still are today), but to the public today would probably hold stale in their sense of artful detachment, made great by their artistry, rather than their true grasp of the audience.Salt And Fire similarly doesn’t hold the audience in such a way, but »
- Movie Geeks
Werner Herzog's eco-thriller Salt and Fire will be made available on VOD and iTunes on April 4th then released in U.S. cinemas on April 7th. XLrator Media is handling North American distribution of the film. ScreenAnarchy has an exclusive clip to share with you which you may find below. Salt and Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats. Shot in Bolivia, the film stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael García Bernal and was written and directed by Werner Herzog, based on the story “Aral” by Tom Bissell. ...
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- Yoselin Acevedo
“Salt and Fire” premiered last year at the Shanghai International Film Festival, before screening in the Special Presentations section during the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, the thriller written and directed by Werner Herzog (“Queen of the Desert”) is ready for its theatrical debut in April.
Based on the story “Aral” by journalist and fiction writer Tom Bissell, the film follows ecologists Laura (Veronica Ferres) and Dr. Fabio Cavani (Gael Garcia Bernal) who travel to the South American country of Bolivia to research an impending volcanic eruption. Once there, they are kidnapped by Matt Riley (Michael Shannon) and his henchmen. Eventually, both sides must come together to prevent the volcano from destroying everything in its path.
The exclusive clip sees Dr. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Salt And Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats. Shot in Bolivia and starring Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael García Bernal, you can check out the trailer for Werner Herzog's latest below! Honestly, if Herzog's name... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Ahead of its release next month, a trailer has arrived online for acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s upcoming thriller Salt and Fire which stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres, and Gael Garcia Bernal; watch it below…
“The United Nations has sent a scientific delegation, led by researchers Laura (Veronica Ferres) and Fabio (Gael García Bernal), to investigate rare South American geological formations. But as soon as they land, the crew is kidnapped by minions of rogue businessman Matt Riley (Michael Shannon), who has his own agenda when it comes to environmental protection. Deep inside his compound, Laura becomes separated from her fellow explorers and drawn deeper into Riley’s world, but try as she might, she can’t predict his final plan.”
Salt and Fire is set for release on April 7th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Shortly before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it was announced that one of Werner Herzog's latest projects, a thriller titled Salt and Fire, had been picked up for North American distribution and lo-and-behold, it will soon be released to the masses.
Written and directed by Herzog and based on a short story from Tom Bissell, the movie stars Veronica Ferres as a scientist working in South America who discovers that a super-volcano in the region is about to erupt. In order to avert a large-scale ecological disaster, she finds herself teaming up with the head of a corporation with a sub-par environmental track record. Along with Ferres, the movie a [Continued ...] »
Author: Thomas Alexander
An ecological disaster, a running gag on missing luggage and quite possibly a tablet device with the world’s best battery life; this is the latest offering from writer and director Werner Herzog – and any film featuring the two-time Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon always has a certain level of promise of offering something a little different.
The style of Herzog seems to marry well with the weirdness of Michael Shannon who plays Matt Riley, a CEO of a company responsible for irreversible eco changes in a fictional South American country. Salt and Fire sees scientists Laura (Veronica Ferres), Fabio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Krauss (Lawrence Krauss) on a mission to study an eco-disaster and report back to the world with their findings. For these characters it doesn’t quite pan out as such as Matt Riley and his small, borderline courteous, militia hold them captive.
- Thomas Alexander
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