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The Final Passage

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:15pm
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The Final Passage

Pascal Magontier | 
France |
 2016 | 
26 minutes

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THIS SCREENING WILL BE PRESENTED IN 3-D AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN EXTENDED TALK FROM DR. JEAN-MICHEL GENESTE AND PATRICIA MARQUET GENESTE.
THIS FILM IS PART OF THE FRENCH FRENCH PROGRAM.

Made entirely using 3-D models, The Final Passage is an uninterrupted journey through the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave that approaches the experience of the first humans who spent time in the cave 36,000 years ago. An uncut sequence-shot filmed with a subjective camera allows us to discover in an immersive manner one of the greatest sites of human history. Lions, mammoths, rhinos, bears, and half-human, half-animal figures come to life in this never-before-seen, hyper-realistic digital reproduction. Discovered in 1994, the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave has proven to be extraordinary, enormous, and sumptuously beautiful. Today it is one of the oldest underground sanctuaries recognized in the world.

Slinking through rock gaps, down passageways, hovering past stalactites, over fossilized remains, the camera, at roughly eye level, progressively reveals the centerpiece of the Cave: dozens of paintings, some of the earliest ever discovered, of horse heads, mammoths, bears, cave lions, panthers, hyenas, two rhinoceroses butting horns, red ochre hand prints and dots, a partial Venus figure. -VARIETY

Filmmaker

Pascal Magontier

Pascal Magontier has conceived and directed audiovisual works for over twenty years. As a documentary filmmaker, the main themes of his works are historical subjects covering a very large field from the origins of man to the first half of the 20th century. His conceptual approach, in collaboration with historians and archeologists, has led him to direct educational films now shown in the permanent exhibitions of museums around the world. Magontier’s very extensive knowledge of the prehistoric period and the scientific issues associated with it has allowed him to collaborate with renowned first rate historians, among them Jean Michel Geneste. (Photo credit: Fabrizio Maltese)