27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft
director: Werner Herzog
original title: The Fire Within: Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft
running time: 81 min.
synopsisMarried couple Katia and Maurice Krafft lived for just two things: each other and volcanoes. During the Mount Unzen eruption of 1991, they were both tragically killed. They left behind over 200 hours of raw footage documenting their work, which Werner Herzog used to edit a visually mesmerizing eulogy of sorts. He primarily lets shots of volcanic craters and flowing lava do the talking, accompanied by classical music, while only sparingly interrupting this explosive symphony with his commentary. He takes an interest in the Kraffts mainly as the creators of captivating images who share his fascination with nature and who, much like him, find beauty in places most dare not trek to.
“It appears to me that the Kraffts were shooting a whole film about Creation in the making. They just didn’t have enough time left to edit it.” — Werner Herzog
biographyWerner Herzog (* 1942) is a film and opera director, screenwriter, book author, and a key figure in New German Cinema. Throughout his live-action and documentary features, which over time have amassed dozens of festival awards, he repeatedly tells stories of people with great ambitions and unattainable dreams. The Fire Within is his third documentary film devoted to volcanoes.
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|producer:||Julien Dumont, Mandy Leith, Alexandre Soullier, Peter Lown|