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Le Pacte reveals snapshot of Wenders' Sebastiao Salgado doc

Wim Wenders co-directing Shade and Light with photographer’s son Juliano Salgado.

Paris-based Le Pacte has unveiled the first details of Wim Wenders’ upcoming portrait of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Shade and Light.

The film revolves around Salgado’s eight-year project Genesis, which captured parts of the world untouched by modern civilisation.

The Genesis exhibition — consisting of 250 black and white images - will debut at London’s Natural History Museum in April 2013, before touring the world. It is Salgado’s third long-term project focused on global issues after Workers and Migrations.

Shade and Light, which will be ready in time for the exhibition’s launch, combines exclusive footage of the photographer at work - shot by his son Juliano - with a filmed encounter between Wenders and Salgado in which they discuss their mutual passion for photography.

In the backdrop, Salgado and his son mend a deep rift in their relationship created by his long absences on assignment.

Shade and Light is one of three upcoming documentaries on Le Pacte’s AFM slate alongside Darwin’s Nightmare director Hubert Sauper’s We Come as Friends and Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust, about the Thereseinstadt concentration camp.

Fiction titles include Guillaume Nicloux’s The Nun and Yossi Aviram’s The Dune.

The company will also screen Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone, which was announced last month as Afghanistan’s foreign language Oscar submission.

The film has sold into more that 20 territories to date including the US (Sony Pictures Classics), Australia (Rialto), Canada (EOne, Seville Pictures), Latin America (HBO Latin America), Israel (Lev Cinema) and Greece (Strada). 

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