FICUNAM 2023 will present The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft, the latest documentary by renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, about the lives of the Krafft couple who dedicated their lives to studying active volcanoes. The film, which has received critical acclaim, will be screened in Mexico as part of FICUNAM 2023’s Atlas section, which aims to promote international works.
Herzog is known for his highly regarded work in both fiction and documentary filmmaking. However, it is his documentaries that seem to open the way for a new legacy in recent years. The director’s vision and style is not for everyone, and perhaps that is why in his documentary work he has found a different and more respectful space.
The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft expands Herzog’s interest in the subject of volcanoes, which was already seen in his previous work Hacia el Infierno, but now from a more experimental and personal perspective. The documentary celebrates the passion, sacrifice, and love of this marriage who dedicated their lives to studying volcanoes. The Krafft couple went down in history for their research on active volcanoes around the world and for their tragic death in 1991 during the explosion of Mount Unzen in Japan.
To achieve his goal, Herzog took the material that the Krafft couple spent years filming and set it to music and narration to expand the passion of these researchers. The documentary is not a generic and repetitive documentary on the scientific contributions of this couple, but rather an experimental and personal approach to celebrating their lives. Critics have praised this experimental work by Herzog, and in general, are grateful that it is not a generic and repetitive documentary on the scientific contributions of this couple.
Fans of Werner Herzog’s work will be able to enjoy this documentary at various establishments and times during FICUNAM 2023. The work arrives in Mexico after going through several festivals during 2022. The Film Stage praises the tone and sentiment of the documentary, while In Review Online notes Herzog’s intense attention to detail. Finally, the Daily Telegraph (UK) describes the documentary as visually stunning and haunting.