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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.08.17] thriller

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 also stars Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Shot on location over 16 days in the salt flats of Bolivia, Herzog's eco-thriller didn't exactly set critics aflame with love but that doesn't detract from the fact that the movie looks amazing. Cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger's work, at least what we see of it in the trailer, is breathtaking and I'm willing to give this cast and Herzog the benefit of the doubt.

Below are a pair of trailers for the movie. The first is the newly released trailer with cuts the dialog in favor of some moody music, giving the visuals more weight but providing little in the way of plot or story. The second is an earlier trailer which features some voiceover from Shannon's character but is just as mystifying.

Salt and Fire is available on VOD on April 4. A limited theatrical release will follow on April 7.

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