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IFC acquires rights to Herzog’s 3-D ‘Cave’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Werner Herzog is a god to documentary film fanatics. IFC just secured their next altar of worship.

The distributor has acquired Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” a documentary presented in 3-D, no less. The film, which played Toronto earlier this week, takes audiences deep inside the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in southern France, which holds the earliest known visions of mankind. Before Herzog, access to the caves has been extremely limited due to concerns that overexposure could damage the invaluable drawings. The director gained permission to film by using special lights that emit no heat.

“We were completely blown away by this tour-de-force from Werner Herzog,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films. “This is what great 3-D technology was created for and we really couldn’t be more excited to work with History Films, the producers, and Werner to bring this awe inspiring film to American audiences.”

So when will we see it? That’s unclear. No release date was mentioned in the news item. But “Cave” scored solid reviews at TIFF. Michael Cieply wrote in the New York Times, “On Monday night [in Toronto], 3-D may have found its future in the distant past. … Even an unfortunate projector breakdown in the film’s last few minutes couldn’t erase the impression that the story couldn’t have been told in any other way.”

IndieWire, meanwhile, filed from Toronto, “The reality is that Herzog could make the phonebook sound interesting, but he usually aims much higher than that. His latest non-fiction outing, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ proves that point again: It’s an extraordinary production feat that transcends his personal whims while giving them room to shine.

This is the second acquisition for IFC Films at this year’s festival, following James Gunn’s dark comedy “Super,” starring Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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