Director Werner Herzog follows up his last fiction feature film “Queen of the Desert,” a biographical drama based on the life of Gertrude Bell that has yet to be released in the United States, with a new film entitled “Salt and Fire,” about catastrophic ecological disasters the likes of which few have the capacity to imagine. The film follows ecologists Laura (Veronica Ferres) and Fabio (Gael Garcia Bernal) who travel to Bolivia to research an imminent volcanic eruption only to be kidnapped upon arrival by CEO Matt Riley (Michael Shannon) and his cronies. Eventually, both sides must unite in order to combat the volcano from destroying the planet. Watch the trailer for the film below, courtesy of Allocine.
Herzog has had two documentaries released this year. The first “Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” explores the existential impact of the Internet on daily human life, and the second “Into the Inferno” explores active volcanos from around the world, and will be released on Netflix on October 28th.
“Salt and Fire” premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June before screening in the Special Presentations section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, at Fantastic Fest as well as the Zürich Film Festival. It will open in French theaters on December 7th and be released in the United States sometime next year.