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WATCH: Provocative New Clips from Wim Wenders Doc 'The Salt of the Earth'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 5, 2014 at 2:43PM

When Wim Wenders' upcoming documentary "The Salt of the Earth" screened at Cannes this year, it was well-received; the audience sprang to its feet and burst into applause after its premiere.
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Wim Wenders with Sebastião Salgado.
Wim Wenders with Sebastião Salgado.

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.


[Hat Tip: The Film Stage]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.