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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams Director: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is the only film maker to be allowed into Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc cave, with its cave paintings dating back 30,000 years. There is a story behind that which is not explained, he was actually employed by the French government for 1 Euro so he could make this film as the minister of culture enjoyed his work.

There were technical issues plaguing this screening, with the introduction starting out with Werner Herzog sounding even more like a robot than usual (the audience demanded the film restart) and then it freezing about a minute before the end.

The use of 3D in this movie was entirely justified as the cave is never going to be opened to the public and it is very different seeing something in real life compared to just looking at a picture of it. You don't really notice the 3D effects after a while and it just seems like you are in the cave.

Some of the paintings in the cave overlap, but as the film explained there are thousands of years difference between them, something which is unimaginable today. A lot of the places inhabited during the ice age period will never be found as they are underwater, which is what makes the study of this cave so important.

I also enjoyed the interviews with the scientists and the out of the blue questions that Werner Herzog would occasionally ask them so they would give a different point of view. There were some laughs at some of the questions and responses, but it is part of the director's style and I enjoyed them.

Both screenings of this film at the festival sold out and hopefully it gets a wider audience at cinemas with 3D as it is worth seeing.


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