Wim Wenders’ upcoming documentary “The Salt of the Earth” screened well at Cannes this year: the audience sprang to its feet and burst into applause after its premiere. Check out the first batch of clips: they’re beautiful, evocative and very Wenders-esque.
“The Salt of the Earth” focuses on Brazilian photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, whose work over the last 40 years has focused on social issues, exploring the challenges facing the Earth’s diverse–and dispersed–communities. Salgado has travelled to more than 100 countries, and in the last 10 years has shifted his attention to a project he calls “Genesis,” a series that focuses on documenting unspoiled nature and the human societies that live in such environments in accordance with ancestral and not modern conventions.
At Cannes, Wenders’s film, which he made along with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado–the photographer’s son–won the Un Certain Regard jury’s special Prize. Variety called it a “stunning visual ode” to Salgado, adding that “The Salt of the Earth” proved Wenders’ “mastery of the documentary form”:
Wenders hit upon an exceptionally clever, cinematic way of filming Sebastiao discussing his work, by projecting the master’s photographs onto a semi-transparent mirror that allows audiences to see both image and man. In this way, Wenders teases out memories of various monumental projects, turning normally banal talking-head visuals into a more interactive device.
Take a look at the beautiful first few clips released from the film, below. Wenders’s next fictional narrative, “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” starring James Franco, is expected later this year.