One of the hottest tickets at TIFF last year was Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams (is it Cave or Caves? I’ve seen it spelled both ways). The film explores the Chauvet Cave of Southern France, which contains the oldest cave art known to man, dated at approximately 32,000 years old. Herzog was given special access to the cave and was allowed to shoot using lights that don’t emit heat so as to avoid damaging the drawings.
A trailer has turned up online for the film this week, and although it’s difficult to get a feel for some of the visuals in 2D, it definitely seems to capture the Herzogian sense of mystical awe and wonder. IFC Films picked up the movie for distribution at the film festival and will supposedly release it in March, although it’s unclear how many theatres will have the opportunity to present this in 3-D. I missed out on it last year, so I hope I get a chance to see it on the big screen before settling for a DVD and Blu-ray release in two-dimensions. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is set for release on March 25th; check out the trailer after the jump.