Run time: 93 mins
Footage from the French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft explodes upon the Rex screen with staggering power.
Katia and Maurice Krafft were drawn together by their joint passion for volcanoes. Their lives were marked by them: they married after an expedition to Iceland, honeymooned on a volcanic island, and eventually died in an eruption in Japan.
They began their work in a period when volcanoes were rarely researched in-person, their unpredictability deemed too hazardous to guarantee the safety of the researchers. Ignoring the authorities’ concerns, together they accumulated hours of filmed footage and conducted experiments with the aim of increasing global knowledge of these landscapes.
The records form the basis of director Sara Dosa’s experimental communication of their story, intermixed with television interviews and animated segments. The Krafft’s self-shot scenes are by far the most impressive of all of Dosa’s mediums – the scale and scope of them is seismic and it explodes through the screen.
That it’s not fiction begs belief, especially with such other-worldly visuals. But at the heart of the film is a story that’s intensely human: of two people, driven by their bravery, dedication, and passion.