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Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D

Werner Herzog / US, 2010 / 90 min.

3D documentary in which Herzog descends into a narrow crevasse where 32,000 years ago the most incredible cave paintings were made. Contains extremely rare images of the Chauvet cave, which is not open to the public. With music by Ernst Reijseger.

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According to Herzog, the Chauvet cave in the Ardeche is the birthplace of cinema: a time capsule that remained closed for tens of thousands of years, until it was discovered in 1994 by an archaeologist who felt a breeze escaping from a narrow tunnel. Now the cave is accessible only to a handful of archaeologists, art historians and geologists. And very briefly to Herzog, who has a knack for prizing open firmly closed doors. To enter, he had to wear sterile boots. His time there was limited as the paintings would otherwise be damaged by exhaled carbon dioxide.

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Eye Filmmuseum presents an exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. With an unorthodox oeuvre of more than seventy features, documentaries and shorts, Herzog has fascinated audiences with unforgettable stories, images and characters for more than half a century. His films grant us insights into the relationship between people and the chaotic world around them, as well as into the endless indifference of nature towards human life.

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Ernst Reijseger at the Werner Herzog exhibition opening (© Maarten Nauw)

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