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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

This screening took place on
Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

For over 20,000 years, the Chauvet caves of Southern France have been completely sealed off by a fallen rock face, its crystal-encrusted interior as large as a football field and strewn with the petrified remains of giant ice age mammals. In 1994, scientists discovered the caverns, and found hundreds of pristine paintings within, spectacular artwork dating back over 30,000 years (almost twice as old as any previous finds) to a time when Neanderthals still roamed the earth and cave bears, mammoths, and ice age lions were the dominant populations of Europe. One of three documentaries directed by Herzog in the last year, his exclusive access is our only way to see the inside of the Chauvet caves. The works at Chauvet are breathtaking in their artistry. Herzog, the riddle-speaking philosopher also gives the movie a spiritual dimension. The German filmmaker has always been attracted to oddball dreamers. Here, he speaks with scientists and cave enthusiasts who, like him, are propelled by mystery and magic. “Is this the origin of the soul?” he asks one scientist of the cave art.
  • Directed by Werner Herzog
  • 2010, Fra/Ger/UK/USA
  • 90 minutes

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