Art and Experience: XLrator Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to Werner Herzog’s “Salt and Fire,” starring Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal.

The deal was announced on Thursday in advance of its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

XLrator Media will release the film in theaters in the spring. Herzog directed from his own script, inspired by a story by Tom Bissell about a corporate CEO and a group of scientists who must band together despite their ideological differences to try to avoid a looming environmental catastrophe.

The film was shot in Bolivia at the stunning Uyuni salt flats (the world’s largest) and Germany. The film was produced by Nina Maag, Werner Herzog, Michael Benaroya and Pablo Cruz.

Herzog’s latest documentaries —  “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” about the Internet and “Into The Inferno” about volcanoes — premiered at this year’s Sundance and Telluride Film Festivals, respectively.

“In a career spanning six decades, Werner Herzog has dazzled and challenged audiences with his unique cinematic vision. We’re honored to bring audiences his thought-provoking and very timely environmental thriller with the remarkable cast of Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferres,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Shannon starred in “Revolutionary Road” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Bernal stars in “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon and Lea Flome with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Source: Variety