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1,165 Ratings

The Salt of the Earth

France, 2014


The Salt of the Earth depicts a man, photographer Sebastiao Salgado, through the eyes of two other men: his son, film director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, who tries to get to know a father who was often away from home; and Wim Wenders, one of the great film-makers of our time.

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The Salt of the Earth Directed by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize

2014 | 2 special mentions including: François Chalais Award

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Audience Award

Regardless of whether the blame should be hoisted upon blasé formalism or limited personal perspective, The Salt of the Earth reaches a point of transcendence when it dispenses with other voices entirely and centres on Sebastião… Salgado’s vision of the natural world, a project called ‘Genesis’ which comprises much of Salt’s second half, should leave even the most cynical of souls open to the possibilities of life. The same becomes true of this often remarkable film.
July 16, 2015
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The directors do well to highlight the critical role that Leila Wanick Salgado has played in shaping her husband’s career.
July 03, 2015
The film is a paean to Salgado’s remarkable eye and his sense of moral implication in the 20th century’s humanitarian disasters. Told through a prism of narrators — Wenders, Juliano, and Salgado himself — the film attempts to create an intimate sense of a man who attempted to create an intimate sense of the world. But it only succeeds in creating a hagiographic tribute that flattens both the artist and the emotional and intellectual context of his art.
May 08, 2015
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