Hall of Prehistoric Footprints in the Wonderful Cave, Carpathian Mts
Oana exploring the Wonderful cave galleries
deep inside Bats Cave: the enthralling power of natural light
Genre: feature Documentary
Subject area: History- Nature- Science
Target audience: general audience
Produced and directed by: Oana R. Ghiocel
Preliminary material shot by: Nicolae Trica, Dragos Lumpan
Technical/ artistic lighting expertise in cave situations: Cristian Lascu
Guidance and organizational logistics: Cristian Lascu
Head of Research: Oana Ghiocel
Similar films: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
Phase: development, pre-production
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A feature documentary in development, aimed to be fully completed by end of 2016 including some of the most spectacular caves in Romania, the altars and cathedrals of the Stone Age. Aiming to reflect upon the legacy of the cave, the film delves deep and offers a rich exploration of the natural beauties, aiming to establish the broken link between man and spirituality, between man and the darkness of cave where the first human consciousness was born.
Using only natural equipment, such as torches and candles, and dressing in prehistoric attire for the filmmaking expeditions in winter time to inside the caves, the documentary re-creates for the modern heart, eyes and sensibility a lost world of considerate beauty and depth.
The film poses challenging existential questions, and sheds new light to what it truly means to be fully human in the broader sense of the word. Perhaps the cave is a necessary and vital 'organ' in our consciousness that we in the last centuries almost completely lost touch.
The last altar of the cave captures a vivid path of tragedy and hope we humans have the privilege to take to connect to a deeper, more profound, more intense world of the spirit.
A surprising path and a surprising film that aims to cross the lines into heartfelt and authentic discoveries.
Preliminary raw material (Stunning Prosec Canyon)
The Portal to a lost altar cave: Topolnita's majestic entrance (raw footage)
Entrance to a sacred cave where funerary rites took place, raw footage