Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Director Werner Herzog
Genre Documentary
Runtime 90 minutes
Supplier Visit Films
Festivals/Awards National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film 2012
Release Date In theatres on July 8, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray available on November 8, 2011


Following his previous documentary Encounters at the End of the World, iconic director Werner Herzog once again takes us deep behind the frontier of an extraordinary place. Having gained unprecedented access through the tightest of restrictions and overcome considerable technical challenges, he has captured on film, with specially designed 3D cameras, the interior of the Chauvet Cave in southern France. This is where the world's oldest cave paintings - hundreds in number - were discovered in 1994. In the mesmerising Cave of Forgotten Dreams, he reveals to us a breathtaking subterranean world and leads us to the 32,000-year-old artworks. In that deeply moving moment of encounter, we come face to face with pristine and astonishingly realistic drawings of horses, cattle and lions, which for the briefest second come alive in the torchlight. In true Herzogian fashion, his hypnotically engaging narration weaves in wider metaphysical contemplations as we learn more about the Paleolithic art and its creators. Through his understated and gently humorous voiceover, we are invited to reflect on our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, evolution and our place within it, and ultimately what it means to be human.Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film 2012

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Cast & Credits

Narrator Werner Herzog
Director Werner Herzog

Press & Articles

“Finally, 3-D used for good” - The Globe and Mail

“'Cave of Forgotten Dreams': Herzog’s dazzling journey to the dawn of art” - Salon

“Werner Herzog's 3-D documentary gives us the privilege and pleasure of stepping inside the Chauvet cave to gaze at ancient paintings that speak to our humanity across the ages” - Los Angeles Times

“Werner Herzog takes us on an extraordinary journey to see Earth's first artists and ponder the origins of what it means to be human” - Christian Science Monitor

“3D Critics Pick: Hidden wonders revealed from 30,000 years ago” - The Washington Post

“'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' Review: ****” - National Post

“'Cave of Forgotten Dreams': Ancient ghosts” - The Toronto Star

“Herzog Finds His Inner Cave Man” - The New York Times

“'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' Review” - Chicago Sun-Times

“'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' Review” - Orlando Sentinel

“Art that stands test of time” - Chicago Tribune

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