Ice on Fire (2019 film)

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Ice on Fire
Directed byLeila Conners
Produced by
Narrated byLeonardo DiCaprio
CinematographyHarun Mehmedinović
Edited byLeila Conners
Music byJeremy Soule
Distributed byHBO
Release dates
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Ice on Fire is a 2019 documentary which explores the potential extinction level event caused by arctic methane release, and the newly developed technologies that could reverse global warming by sequestering carbon out of the atmosphere.[1] The film premiered to a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2019.[2][3][4] and HBO on June 11, 2019.[5][6][7]


Ice on Fire premiered at Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews. Screen Daily praised the film, stating: "Given humanity’s alarming capacity for tuning out the stuff with which it doesn’t want to engage, this slick documentary, which coats its doomsday scenario pill with a sugaring of science as saviour, might be the best chance yet to bring the message to the broader population. The film, which debuts on HBO on June 11, should be essential viewing for anyone who plans to carry on living on the planet; its approach, while never patronising or simplistic, manages to convey the scientific basics in a way which should not be entirely alienating to a lay audience."[8] The Hollywood Reporter Cannes review praised the film, stating: " a beginners' guide to Arctic thaw and its consequences, this is pretty exemplary stuff. Instead of anchoring the explanation around a dominant, often onscreen TED-talk-cum-storyteller like campaigner Al Gore or naturalist David Attenborough, Ice on Fire keeps the narration (only heard) from DiCaprio to a judicious medium, bedding it over high-definition footage, often shot with drones or using time-lapse techniques, under the direction of cinematographer Harun Mehmedinovic."[9] Variety also praised the documentary deeming it a better follow-up to The 11th Hour, and said that it 'continues to spread the alarm about climate change but this time offers concrete solutions."[10]

As of October 2021, 91% of the ten review compiled on Rotten Tomatoes are positive, with an average rating of 7.1/10.[11]


  1. ^ "Orkney's Marine Energy Work Gets Spotlight with Leonardo DiCaprio in Cannes Film Festival 2019". Irish Tech News. 2019-05-16. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  2. ^ "Breaking News - "Ice on Fire," Revealing New Solutions to the Climate Change Crisis, Debuts June 11, Exclusively on HBO; Leonardo DiCaprio Produces and Narrates". Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  3. ^ "The 2019 Selection: New announcements!". Festival de Cannes 2019. 2 May 2019. Archived from the original on December 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "ICE ON FIRE". Festival de Cannes 2019.
  5. ^ "HBO Announces Documentary Lineup for Early 2019". WarnerMedia.
  6. ^ "Ice on Fire - Documentaries". HBO.
  7. ^ "ICE ON FIRE Debuts June 11 on HBO". Medium. 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ Ide, Wendy (May 23, 2019). "'Ice On Fire': Cannes Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Felperin, Leslie (May 23, 2019). "'Ice on Fire': Film Review | Cannes 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Film Review: 'Ice on Fire'". 11 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Ice on Fire (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.

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