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Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds
© Spring Films / Werner Herzog Filmproduktion / Sandbox Films
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer

IMAGE

Peter Zeitlinger

SON

Marco Capalbo

MONTAGE

Marco Capalbo

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Ernst Reijseger

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Spring Films Ltd., Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Sandbox Films

PARTICIPATION

Programme MEDIA

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

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En compagnie du géologue britannique, Clive Oppenheimer, Werner Herzog explore de manière concrète (mais aussi doublée d'une réflexion philosophique) les météorites et comètes.

If you don’t think that much about meteors, you have a whole universe to discover in Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds. Werner Herzog reunites with University of Cambridge professor Clive Oppenheimer, with whom he explored volcanoes for Into the Inferno. They travel the world hunting for meteors, revealing connections between science, history, and mythology. On camera, Oppenheimer interviews specialists with wonder and a dry wit, covering freak accidents, apocalyptic scenarios, and the mysteries of the cosmos. Herzog narrates in his distinct Bavarian accent (recognizable to fans of The Mandalorian). His phrasing remains unparalleled, even in his simple description of a Mexican beach resort “so godforsaken it makes you want to cry.” The film subverts stereotypes of scientists as socially awkward and predominantly male. The specialists talking to Oppenheimer are passionate and poetic. Many are women — from Mexico, India, South Korea, the US — with expertise spanning astronomy, cave archaeology, and NASA’s Planetary Defense. The film also dwells on ancient understandings of meteors in the traditions of Indigenous Australians, Mayan astronomers, and Papuan tribal elders. The film expands our imagination as we track wayward asteroids through high-powered telescopes or study space dust magnified 3,000 times. “It’s looking eternity in the eye,” says Jon Larsen, a Norwegian jazz musician obsessed with collecting micrometeorites. “This is the ashes of a previous generation of dying stars.” In this year of isolation, it can feel like time and space has narrowed. This film is an antidote for taking a wider view. Herzog and Oppenheimer seek nothing less than to find a connection between the solar system and your soul.
(Thom Powers)

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