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by Werner Herzog


The Chauvet Pont d’Arc cave in southern France contains what are currently believed to be the oldest cave paintings and drawings in the world. The cave, which is situated in the Ardèche valley, was not discovered until 1994. Numbering over 400 murals, these paintings are believed to be over 30,000 years old. There had long been a plan to give a single filmmaker access to the cave and, for the symbolic fee of one Euro, to allow them to capture the paintings on film for the benefit of the general public. Werner Herzog was the man that was chosen for the job and he does not disappoint: using only a minimum of light and a custom-built hand-held camera he succeeds not only in filming but in bringing the images to life.

international title: Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
original title: Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
country: United States, France
sales agent: Visit Film (US)
year: 2010
genre: documentary
directed by: Werner Herzog
film run: 90'
release date: UK 25/03/2011, PL 06/05/2011, FR 31/08/2011, DE 03/11/2011
screenplay: Werner Herzog
cinematography by: Peter Zeitlinger
film editing: Joe Bini, Maya Hawke
music: Ernst Reijseger
producer: Erik Nelson, Adrienne Ciuffo
production: ARTE France, Creative Difference (US)
distributor: Metropolitan Filmexport
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