In their second major deal at Toronto, IFC Films has purchased the theatrical rights to Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams. The deal is reportedly in the six-figure range and is set to close today. The History Channel had previously picked up television rights to the film. IFC made headlines earlier with the purchase of superhero actioner Super for seven figures. Caves documents the 35,000-year-old paintings at the Chauvet Pont d’Arc Caves in southern France, which are the oldest known example of human artistic expression. Clips of Herzog talking about the caves and the film, plus the full press release, after the jump.
The official press release:
IFC FILMS ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO WERNER HERZOG’S CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS in 3-D
A Film Produced by Creative Differences for HISTORY Films in Association with More 4
Toronto, ON (September 15, 2010) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired all U.S. rights, excluding television, to Werner Herzog’s extraordinary 3-D documentary CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS. The documentary grants audiences remarkable access into the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in southern France, which holds the earliest known visions of mankind. Although access to the caves has been extremely limited due to concerns that overexposure could damage the invaluable drawings, Herzog was granted permission to film by using special lights that emit no heat.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is produced by Creative Differences in partnership with HISTORY Films and The French Ministry of Culture and Communication as a co-production with Arte France and in association with More 4. The documentary is produced by Erik Nelson and Adrienne Cuiffo with executive producers Dave Harding, David McKillop, Julian P. Hobbs, Molly Thompson, and Tabitha Jackson. Erik Nelson produced Herzog’s previous two feature documentaries GRIZZLY MAN and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films remarks, “We were completely blown away by this tour-de-force from Wener Herzog. 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.”
David McKillop, SVP, Development and Programming, HISTORY says, “The discovery of the caves and access to them is historic and Werner’s film is unprecedented. HISTORY Films is thrilled with the distribution and collaboration with IFC and proud to be at the crossroads of the past and the future to bring this masterpiece to a broad audience in spectacular 3-D.”
Producer Erik Nelson says, “We’re very excited to be working with IFC, given their commitment and experience in supporting groundbreaking films. It feels like a good home for us.”
The deal for CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers for IFC Films, and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers with Marc Simon of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP providing legal services.
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.
Director Werner Herzog talks about filming the documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams.