It’s been said that Katia and Maurice Krafft, the couple at the molten center of the award-winning documentary Fire of Love, loved two things — each other and volcanoes.
The French scientists became famous decades ago for their study of volcanic activity around the world, an inherently dangerous business if you insist on doing it up close, as the Kraffts did.
“Katia and Maurice were very much part of the vanguard of volcanology in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s,” director Sara Dosa explained during a panel discussion of the film as part of Deadline’s For the Love of Docs virtual screening series, sponsored by National Geographic. “It was a young field and was seen as quite an eccentric field growing out of geology and earth sciences. But they were part of kind of a cohort that was dedicated towards studying active volcanoes. It was extremely risky.”
Katia took still photographs and recorded detailed scientific measurements, while Maurice primarily focused on filming the awesome displays of nature that erupted before their eyes. The Fire of Love team built their documentary almost entirely from the Kraffts’ archive, but as visually stunning as the imagery was, it did lack something – sound.
“It was 16-millimeter footage that just was silent,” noted Jocelyne Chaput, who edited the film with Erin Casper. “Erin and I at first thought, no problem, we can edit this without sound and just approach it purely visually and approach the sonic sphere later in the process. But very early on that idea went out the window because immediately, as soon as you start editing, you just want to hear the worlds that the Kraffts captured.”
The editors combed through disparate sound archives to find appropriate material. Some of what they retrieved was quite obscure, like the noise from a French vehicle the Kraffts drove up a snowy Icelandic mountainside.
“We had a really fun time perusing sound libraries, going on deep dives,” Chaput said. “Erin found a very specific car engine sound of that Renault R4 that shows up in Iceland.”
The documentary explores how the Kraffts became increasingly fascinated by “gray” volcanoes – the kind that tend to blow their stacks in unpredictable fashion. They traveled to Japan in June 1991 to capture one of those gray furies — Mt. Unzen on the Shimabara Peninsula. The Kraffts and dozens of others were killed by a pyroclastic flow that escaped a channel and rushed towards them. The filmmakers made the creative choice to reveal at the top of the film that the study of volcanoes had sealed the Kraffts’ fate.
“We found pretty quickly [in edit] that acknowledging it set a ticking clock that let you know that we’re going to come back to this,” Casper said. “It sort of put a certain primacy on the footage and their story knowing that their time was limited.”
Katia published extensively and Maurice made numerous films, yet not a lot was understood with certainty about the origins of their relationship – for instance, precisely how they first met. Narration written by Dosa, Casper, Chaput and producer Shane Boris acknowledges these mysteries, but does not try to resolve them.
“That was a big part, actually, of our film was trying to embrace the unknowns,” Dosa said. Boris added, “There were a million different questions… that were left unanswered. But to us, [the Kraffts’] entire approach to living, to studying volcanoes, to creating cinema was to try and understand what wasn’t understood. So, we felt right at home in that process and tried to follow their lead.”
Watch the For the Love of Docs panel discussion in the video above. Our virtual screening series, sponsored by National Geographic, continues with a new film every Tuesday through November and into December.
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‘All Quiet On The Western Front’, ‘Belfast’ Top 2022 EFA Arts & Crafts Awards
Edward Berger’s All Quiet On The Western Front and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast top the European Film Academy’s Excellence Awards honoring achievement in the arts and crafts categories, the winners of which were announced on Wednesday.
Belfast won best European Production Design for Jim Clay, whose credits include Children Of Men, for which he won a Bafta in 2006, and Murder On The Orient Express.
The drama, set against the backdrop of the beginnings of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland in 1969, also won best European Costume Design for Charlotte Walter (Blithe Spirit, Misbehaviour)
Netflix-backed German WWI drama All Quiet On The Western Front won best European Make-up & Hair for Heike Merker, and Best European Special Effects for Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller and Markus Frank.
In other categories, best European Cinematography was won by Kate McCullough for her work on Colm Bairéad’s Irish-language drama The Quiet Girl.
Best European Editing went to Özcan Vardar and Eytan İpeker for Turkish director Emin Alper’s drama Burning Days.
Polish composer Paweł Mykietyn won best European Original Score went for Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO.
Best European Sound went to Simone Paolo Olivero, Paolo Benvenuti, Benni Atria, Marco Saitta, Ansgar Frerich & Florian Holzner for Michelangelo Frammartino’s cave exploration drama The Hole.
The winners, which are decided by a special expert jury, will receive their awards at the European Film Awards ceremony on 10 December in Reykjavík.
Jennifer Lopez’s Social Media Mysteriously Goes Dark
EXCLUSIVE: The actress, producer and top-selling performing artist’s social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter have suddenly gone dark in their featured/cover images.
Reps for Jennifer Lopez were unavailable for comment, but we hear from others that The Hustlers and Marry Me actress is on the verge of announcing a new project.
Here’s a look at her Instagram tonight:
While Lopez’s Instagram had erased all posts, a trail of her previous postings remained on Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter. Across all four social media portals, Lopez counts close to 347M followers, the majority of that coming from her Instagram.
Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions in June 2021 signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix spanning feature films, TV series and unscripted content, with an emphasis on projects that support diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers. Lopez co-runs Nuyorican Productions with her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
Lopez scored her best opening for a live-action movie at the domestic box office with STX’s 2019 stripper caper Hustlers which debuted to $33.1 million, and grossed $105M stateside, $157.6M worldwide. As a recording artist, Lopez has sold over 70 million albums, with J.Lo became her bestselling album with 3.8M copies sold in the U.S. and 12M global. Her Netflix thriller The Mother from director Niki Caro is set to debut in May. Her romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding with Josh Duhamel will hit Prime Video on Jan. 27.
On Facebook, one of her followers, Steffany Merino wrote, “What’s happened? Hope you and your wonderful family are ok. I’ll pray for your health and safety.”
Again, we hear something special is in the works in the next few days.
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