With the fantastic documentary Burden Of Dreams being director Werner Herzog’s sole appearance in the Criterion Collection (and the film isn’t actually even directed by the wild man documentary auteur, but follows the making of his film Fitzcarraldo instead), could his latest film change that?
According to Deadline, his upcoming documentary, Caves Of Forgotten Dreams, has been bought by IFC, after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is apparently being bought for six figures, and currently has its TV rights over at The History Channel. No news as to when the film will be released specificially, but a 2011 release is currently set.
The film is Herzog’s look at the 35,000 year old Chauvet Caves in Southern France, which is considered the place where human creative expression was born. Now, while that in and of itself is completely newsworthy, as you all know, in this world where IFC has a partnership with the Criterion Collection, I can’t help but think that this could be a perfect fit. It’s from a director who has, in a way, been part of the collection, and being a film that looks at the birth of art, it has the weight to fit right along with other documentaries within the collection. It could also mark the collection’s first 3D release, as the film will be theatrically released in the format. It’s just an idea.
What do you think?