“Fireball: Visitors from Dark Worlds” is Werner Herzog’s new film that he co-directed with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer. The duo explores the world of meteorites, stars and the fate of the universe in this documentary that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and today arrives on Apple TV +.
With a filmography more than eclectic, the German director delivers a work as scientific as it is shamanic. With interviews with different people, from scientists to members of indigenous tribes, Herzog and Oppenheimer dive into the mysteries and complex world of meteorites; how contact with the land and societies cause changes in communities, spaces and landscapes.
The scientific rigor of the investigation is mixed with historical questions approached from the anthropological and philosophical, achieving a work of art that moves away from the television documentary that emulates an encyclopedia. “Of course, it was immediately clear that the film should not be educational. It is for that reason that we hate school and we hate teachers. And we are filmmakers, so there is a lot of humor in the film, and a lot of crazy things that you don’t usually hear in documentaries. It’s wonderful to be able to work that way, “Herzog himself explained in the virtual presentation of the documentary at the Canadian festival.
The greatness of a universe that is trying to be known, the mysteries of the immeasurable and the cultural resignification by humanity are the axes of the film, which reaches large audiences through the Apple platform.