After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the documentary feature Fire of Love is getting a theatrical release this summer before it streams on Disney+ later this year.
Directed by Sara Dosa (The Seer & Unseen) and produced by Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman, the doc chronicles the lives and work of married French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft, using rare archival footage captured by the two scientists. Narrated by Miranda July and featuring an original score by Nicolas Godin of the band Air, the film presents a lyrical portrait of the Kraffts’ love for each other, their passion for their work, and the daring that ultimately led to their deaths in a volcanic eruption.
National Geographic Documentary Films acquired the worldwide rights to the doc after it premiered at this year’s Sundance, where it won the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award in the festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition. Nat Geo will partner with Neon for the film’s theatrical release, following the companies’ previous collaboration on the release of Matthew Heineman’s doc The First Wave last year. Neon’s other recent documentary releases include the Academy Award–nominated Flee, as well as Ailey and Totally Under Control.
Fire of Love is a Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures and Cottage M production. Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop of Sandbox Films serve as executive producers on the film, along with Carolyn Bernstein of National Geographic Documentary Films and Josh and Dan Braun of Submarine.
Another doc project on the Kraffts, The Fire Within by Werner Herzog, was recently sold to multiple international broadcasters, although no theatrical release has yet been announced.