Fresh out of the Sundance Film Festival, National Geographic Documentary Films landed the worldwide rights to Fire of Love, beating out streamers Netflix, Amazon Studios, and Sony Pictures Classics all vied for the rights after its first day collected rave reviews.
The documentary, which premiered in the U.S. doc competition section, tells the story of French scientists through rare archival footage surrounding volcanoes. Scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft captured spectacular imagery of exploding volcanoes, resulting in their death in a volcanic eruption, doing the very thing that brought them together. Sara Dosa directed the feature, and Miranda July narrated.
Behind the Oscar-winning film Free Solo, which is set to release theatrically later this year, National Geographic Documentary Films is excited about the collection of rights to the films, as is the director Sara Dosa.
“We are absolutely honored to begin our journey with National Geographic Documentary Films,” said Dosa. “They champion cinematic storytelling about the wonders and power of the natural world, so there is truly no better fit for our ode to love and volcanoes. We are thrilled to take this next step with them to bring the awe-inspiring story of the Kraffts to audiences worldwide.”
Fire of Love was earmarked as a huge acquisition ahead of its release during the film fest. The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg called the movie a “gorgeously photographed, dreamily constructed portrait” in his review.