SOLD OUT: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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June 18, 2011 06:00am-06:00am
Doris Duke Theatre



Friends of FIlm Friday event information

This program is sold out.

Director: Werner Herzog
USA, 2010, 90mins.
Reception+dinner at 6pm, screening at 7:30pm

More than 20,000 years ago, a slab of rock sealed the entrance to a multi-chambered cavern perfectly preserving the hundreds of prehistoric paintings that lay within. When the cave was discovered by amateur spelunkers in 1994, it became known as the Chauvet Cave and was quickly recognized as of the most important archeological finds ever made. The cave has since been sealed, maintained, and guarded by the French government…until now.

While public access to the cave is strictly forbidden, rogue filmmaker Werner Herzog was granted unprecedented permission to document its 30,000-year-old treasures using a three-person crew and minimal equipment, which included a specially constructed 3D camera—built inside the cave itself. After a journey through forbidding tunnels, Herzog reveals rock faces covered with stunning charcoal drawings of cave bears, galloping horses, warring rhinos, woolly mammoths and even a frenetic drawing of an eight-legged bison that the filmmaker describes as a “proto-cinema.”

A wizard at conjuring unforgettable visions, from the ship dragged over the mountain in Fitzcarraldo to the Antarctic landscape in Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog turns what begins as a straightforward evocation of a scientifically and anthropologically important site into a meditation that encompasses fundamental questions about humanity's need to create art, the human relationship to nature and the "origin of the human soul." Shot in 3D, we present Cave of Forgotten Dreams in conventional 2D, which retains all of the film’s aesthetic interest and emotional power.

Official Selection: Toronto, Berlin and San Francisco International Film Festivals; AFI and SXSW Film Festivals.

Special guest speaker: Documentary filmmaker Marlene Booth will introduce the film and lead a post-screening Q & A.

Make it dinner and a movie:
Doors open at 6pm for a pre-screening reception with food for purchase from Da Spot.
A complimentary glass of wine or soda is included in your ticket purchase.

Tickets: $12 museum members / $15 general admission / $10 student w/ID

A New York Times Critics' Pick! Read the review, and see the trailer and an interview with Herzog on cave art.

Listen to the NPR story on Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

See Werner Herzog on The Colbert Report.