The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders documents the work and life of Brazilian artist, environmentalist and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, bringing his acclaimed photography to the big screen. For 40 years, Salgado has travelled the globe, capturing challenging images of humanity from thousands of workers toiling in Brazil’s open cast mines to the hostile environment of Siberia.

Un Certain Regard Special Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention), Cannes Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: M, Content may disturb109 minsFrance, ItalyFrench, Portugese and English with English subtitles
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Words cannot reflect what social photographer Sebastião Salgado visualises and captures, for he is a writer of a different kind, “a man writing and rewriting the world with lights and shadows.” By being both a biographical documentary and a showcase of his work, Wim Wenders’ (Pina) The Salt of the Earth can easily teach anyone how to ‘read’ what Salgado ‘writes’.

4.0

Outstanding insight

Superb. Sobering. A very deep insight into the human condition. Wonderfully filmed and highly recommended

5.0

Astonishingly true

The visual beauty covers the loose storytelling. I know it's like powerpoint but sometimes still get drawn by the aesthetics.

4.0

Wonderful film

Everyone should see this film as it is truly wonderful. The public does not seem to like documentaries but this film is beautiful, thought provoking and very interesting througout. It does not seem like a documentary and, best of all, is a true story. Not to be missed.

Variety

Variety

press

Wenders confirms his mastery of the documentary form with this stunning ode to Sebastiao Salgado.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[Mr. Salgado's] pictures, precisely because they disclose harsh and unwelcome truths, deserve a harder, more robustly critical look.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A moving tribute to a peerless talent.

4.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Salgado’s photographs have the scope and perspective of someone who can genuinely say he’s seen it all.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Whether you're familiar with Salgado's name and work or not, the documentary "The Salt of the Earth," a popular prize-winner at Cannes and on the Oscar shortlist, will be a revelation.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“The Salt Of The Earth” is as often breathtakingly beautiful as the photographer's images.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Doesn’t reveal so much as gracefully confirm that the empathy and humanism that make Salgado’s photojournalistic work so special are also a part of the artist’s outlook on life.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Words cannot reflect what social photographer Sebastião Salgado visualises and captures, for he is a writer of a different kind, “a man writing and rewriting the world with lights and shadows.” By being both a biographical documentary and a showcase of his work, Wim Wenders’ (Pina) The Salt of the Earth can easily teach anyone how to ‘read’ what Salgado ‘writes’.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Wenders confirms his mastery of the documentary form with this stunning ode to Sebastiao Salgado.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

[Mr. Salgado's] pictures, precisely because they disclose harsh and unwelcome truths, deserve a harder, more robustly critical look.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A moving tribute to a peerless talent.

4.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Salgado’s photographs have the scope and perspective of someone who can genuinely say he’s seen it all.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Whether you're familiar with Salgado's name and work or not, the documentary "The Salt of the Earth," a popular prize-winner at Cannes and on the Oscar shortlist, will be a revelation.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“The Salt Of The Earth” is as often breathtakingly beautiful as the photographer's images.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Doesn’t reveal so much as gracefully confirm that the empathy and humanism that make Salgado’s photojournalistic work so special are also a part of the artist’s outlook on life.

Outstanding insight

Superb. Sobering. A very deep insight into the human condition. Wonderfully filmed and highly recommended

5.0

Astonishingly true

The visual beauty covers the loose storytelling. I know it's like powerpoint but sometimes still get drawn by the aesthetics.

4.0

Wonderful film

Everyone should see this film as it is truly wonderful. The public does not seem to like documentaries but this film is beautiful, thought provoking and very interesting througout. It does not seem like a documentary and, best of all, is a true story. Not to be missed.