​National Geographic debuts volcano docufilm at BJIFF

By Zhang Rui
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The stunning documentary film from National Geographic, "Fire of Love," hit Chinese theaters during the 12th Beijing International Film Festival.

A still image shows Katia and Maurice Krafft in "Fire of Love." [Photo courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films]

Directed by Sara Dosa, the film tells the story of two French lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion in 1991, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. 

The film captured the most explosive volcano imagery ever recorded. Meanwhile, it tells how the couple changed people's understanding of the natural world and saved tens of thousands of lives. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists' spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts' spectacular archive, many of which have not been seen for nearly three decades.

Following its release earlier this year in international markets, the film drew rave reviews. "Whether as a story of one couple's quixotic quest or simply a stunning collection of nature footage, 'Fire of Love' burns bright," the Critics Consensus reads on Rotten Tomatoes, the review-aggregation website, with a critics' approval rating of 99% based on 145 reviews.

The critically acclaimed film will have limited release during Beijing's annual film festival, Aug. 12 to 20. All showings of the film have already sold out. 

A special BJIFF poster for "Fire of Love." [Photo courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films]

The screening of "Fire of Love" is part of the festival's popular Beijing Film Panorama section, which treats fans to recent domestic and foreign blockbusters as well as older classics, especially those rarely seen on Chinese mainland. This year's screenings include films by Greek guru Theodoros Angelopoulos, the 50th anniversary version of "The Godfather," and eight IMAX installments of "Harry Potter" franchise. When tickets went on sale at noon on Aug. 10, most sold out within minutes.

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