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The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Director: Wim WendersJuliano Ribeiro Salgado
Brazil, Italy, France | French, Portuguese, English
2014 | 110min.
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
Theme: N
18+
For the last 40 years, the peripatetic Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has witnessed some of the major disasters of recent history: international conflicts, starvation and exodus. After documenting so much trauma, he is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories and of wild fauna and flora as part of a huge photographic project that is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s extraordinary life and work are the focus of this visually stunning documentary. Juliano Salgado says, “I showed Wim [Wenders] what I had filmed during the trips with my father, and explained how I felt these images had to be linked to Sebastião’s trajectory. Wenders had the necessary distance to pull together this story of a man who had grown weary of the suffering he had photographed, who himself bears the scars of what he has seen and experienced. Wenders notes, “I had the idea of using a sort of dark room: Sebastião was in front of a screen, looking at the photographs, while answering my questions about them. So the camera was behind this screen, filming through his photographs, thanks to a semi-transparent mirror, which meant that he was looking at his photographs and the spectator at the same time. I thought it was the most intimate setting for the audience to hear him express himself and at the same time discover his work.' —Alissa Simon

Director,  Wim Wenders, 

Director,  Wim Wenders

Born in Düsseldorf in 1945, Wim Wenders is one of the most important figures to emerge from the New German Cinema in the 1970s with such films as Kings of the Road (1976) and The American Friend (1977). Later films include Paris, Texas, (1984) Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club (1999). The son of Sebastião Salgado and Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado is a director, screenwriter and director of photography. His films include Une Nuit (2007) and an episode of Paris la métisse (2005).

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Cast and Crew

Director
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Production Company
Amazonas images, Solares delle arti, Decia Films
Sales Contact
Le Pacte
Music
Sol Kaplan
Producer
David Rosier
Screenwriter
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier, Camille Delafon
Editor
Rob Myers, Maxine Goedicke
Cinematographer
Hugo Barbier, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Sound
Régis Muller
Production Designer
Merideth Boswell
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