A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.


Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog, Tom Bissell (short story: Aral)
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Credited cast:
Veronica Ferres ... Laura Sommerfeld
Michael Shannon ... Matt Riley
Gael García Bernal ... Dr. Fabio Cavani
Volker Michalowski ... Dr. Arnold Meier (as Volker Zack Michalowski)
Lawrence Krauss ... Aristidis / Krauss
Anita Briem ... Flight Attendant
Danner Ignacio Márquez Arancibia Danner Ignacio Márquez Arancibia ... Huascar
Gabriel Márquez Arancibia Gabriel Márquez Arancibia ... Atahualpa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilly Krug ... Passenger


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. Written by XLrator Media

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Fin Tantos Cassatores
Music by Ernst Reijseger and Ensemble
Publisher: Winter & Winter GmbH (GEMA)
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Hard to Watch
16 September 2016 | by afshari-aliSee all my reviews

Saw this last night at TIFF. it was hard to sit for the whole movie.. Acting was just terrible, it was like these people had never acted before, or maybe this was there first time acting in English.

As for the plot...Its a simple one with the story that is stretched for too long. At times you are wondering what does the last 10 min has to do with the overall story...This is what you get when the director writes the scripts, and produces the movie...it becomes a college project... and the music, at times you wonder what was he thinking..even the volume of the music was not same across the movie..

Its a 2 star, just for some of the cinematography... save yourself your time and stay away. A lot of people left right after the credit started, which is rare at TIFF.

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