Werner Herzog’s latest film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, illuminates the hidden nooks of the Chauvet caves located in the South of France. Etched along the concealed rockfaces of these fortuitously preserved walls are a series of paleolithic sketches, dating back to forty thousand years ago. Herzog approaches these treasures gingerly and with a tremendous sense of reverence.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a sort of pilgrimage to the heart of man at the first awakening of his artistic awareness. It’s this spiritual and ancestral connection that opens the film up to achieving an awe inspiring height. The film suspends us there, asking us to cross a chilling chasm of time and, finally, to gaze upon the works of humanity’s first artist. At this altitude, we discern only the most profound whisperings from the mouths of caves: what is the true story of man, and in telling that story, is man capable of uncovering truth?
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Herzog 2010) @ Sundance Kabuki Cinemas #SFIFF