Alejandro Jodorowsky, experimental film director with mystical ambitions, wished to turn Dune, that monument of science-fiction, into an even more monumental film, a film sacred and beautiful, that would set off mutations in young minds all across the globe and forever alter the course of film history like 2001 did before it. Had his ambitions come to fruition, we are told they would have in fact eclipsed Kubrick’s work, and put Star Wars to shame. Fifteen minutes into Jodorowsky’s Dune, I am ready to believe it.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, The Salt of the Earth is an ode to Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian photographer. In this moving documentary, Wim Wenders’ and Salgado’s son Juliano draw his portrait. The two filmmakers complement each other, intercutting Wenders’ inventively shot black and white interviews with Juliano’s color footage. Both achieve a form of intimacy, the first by creating a space for Salgado