Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Directed by Werner Herzog
Running time: 89 minutes
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) is Werner Herzog's magnificent 3D documentary about the Chauvet Cave in Southern France which contains some of the earliest human paintings dating back to around 32,000 years ago. Discovered in December 1994 by three French cavers who, following an air current off the cliff, dug and crawled their way into the cave which until then had been sealed tight for some 20,000 years, the Chauvet Cave is under careful control of the French government and not open to the general public. Herzog gained special admittance but could only shoot under heavy restrictions: filming was allowed for only for four hours each day over six days and with no more than three people at one time. He completed it using cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger, sound recorder (Eric Spitzer-Marlyn) and just one assistant, assembling cameras and working the lights himself. Although generally sceptical of 3D, Herzog decided to use it in this project to better “capture the intentions of the painters” and to accentuate the sculptural forms of the paintings which incorporate the subtle contours and bulges of the cave walls into their composition. Capturing what the director describes as “the beginnings of the modern human soul”, the film also includes interviews with archaeologists, scientists and historians involved in the project.
Please note that although shot in 3D, on this occasion the film will be presented in 2D.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.