Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(2010, dir. Werner Herzog, 90 mins.)
From acclaimed documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) comes a film about the earliest human impulses for visual expression. Herzog’s cameras penetrate the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient drawings known to have been created by humans—over 30,000 years ago. Our eyes linger over images of bison, horses and big cats depicted in ecstatic motion in this cave of drawings that may represent, in Herzog’s words, “the origin of the soul.” Writes Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times: "A sacred space where the human and the mystical effortlessly intertwine, and we are in Werner Herzog's debt for that great gift."