National Geographic Documentary Films and NEON Set July 6, 2022, as the Theatrical Release Date for Sundance Sensation FIRE OF LOVE
By Staff Reports
Today, National Geographic Documentary Films and NEON released the official trailer and key art for FIRE OF LOVE, the award-winning feature documentary from director Sara Dosa (“The Seer and the Unseen”), Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures and Cottage M.Produced by Dosa, Shane Boris and Ina Fichman, executive produced by Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop, and edited by Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput, the Miranda July-narrated film premiered to rave reviews as the Day One selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition and won Sundance’s Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award. It has since played at many prestigious festivals, including New Directors/New Films, Hot Docs, True/False, CPH:DOX and Doc10. It is currently “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with a rare 100% Critics Rating.
The film tells the extraordinary love story of intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died just as explosively as they lived — capturing the most spectacular imagery ever recorded of their greatest passion: volcanoes. Following its Sundance premiere, the film was hailed by Variety as “a spellbinding experience” and The Hollywood Reporter as “a gorgeously photographed, dreamily constructed portrait.”
FIRE OF LOVE will be released in theaters in select cities on Wednesday, July 6, and will continue to roll out nationwide throughout the summer. The film has already won a long list of awards during its festival run, including the Visions du Réel Audience Award, The International Wildlife Film Festival’s Best Feature Award, The Independent Film Festival Boston’s Documentary Grand Jury Prize, SIFF’s Special Jury Prize and numerous others.
The two distributors previously partnered on last year’s release of the COVID-19 documentary “The First Wave.” As part of the new deal, NEON will release FIRE OF LOVE ahead of a planned streaming bow on Disney+.
In addition to its partnership with National Geographic Documentary Films on “The First Wave,” NEON’s recent releases in the documentary space include the three-time Academy Award®-nominated Danish documentary “Flee,” from director Jonas Poher Rasmussen; Jamila Wignot’s “Ailey,” chronicling the life of dance pioneer Alvin Ailey; and “Totally Under Control,” a deep-dive into the U.S. government’s response in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Geographic Documentary Films previously released the Academy Award, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy® Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Academy Award-nominated film “The Cave.” In 2021, they released “Becoming Cousteau,” “Fauci,” “The First Wave,” “The Rescue” and “Torn.” Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance Audience Award winners “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows”; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane,” both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Academy Award in 2017; and Dupont Award winner “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis.”