I am crazy excited for Cave of Forgotten Dreams. First off, it’s a Werner Herzog documentary. That’s enough to get my butt in the seat sight unseen. Second, it’s centered around some of the oldest cave drawings in history. We’re talking literally the oldest art in the world. The Chauvet Cave, the subject of the film, is seldom a place where film crews are allowed to shoot, which means this is as rare an opportunity as you get. Cave paintings have always been a fascination of mine, and this is likely as close as I’ll ever get to seeing one in person.
I’m also intrigued by the notion that the film is shot in 3D. Herzog is one of the most visually talented directors in the business. Every one of his movies, regardless of subject matter, is gorgeous. He has no intention of shooting anything else in 3D, claiming that 3D was the only way to incorporate and illustrate the contours and shapes of the cave walls. I’m intrigued as to how his already strong visual sensibilities work in 3D.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams releases April 29th. You can read a synopsis below the cut. Me, I’m gonna watch the trailer again.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new 3D documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN) follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. A hit at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago — almost twice as old as any previous discovery.