IFC Films buys Werner Herzog doc 'Cave'

4:15 PM PST 09/15/2010 by Gregg Kilday, AP

3D film spotlights ancient cave drawings in France

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TORONTO -- IFC Films has acquired all U.S. rights, except for television, to Werner Herzog's 3D documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," which takes viewers on a tour of the ancient cave drawings in Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in southern France.

The film had its first screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday.

"Cave" was produced by Creative Differences in partnership with History Films, which will eventually air it on the History Channel, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as a co-production with Arte France and in association with More 4. It was produced by Erik Nelson, who produced Herzog's last two docs -- "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World" -- and Adrienne Cuiffo, with exec producers Dave Harding, David McKillop, Julian P. Hobbs, Molly Thompson and Tabitha Jackson.

IFC president Jonathan Sehring said, "We were completely blown away by this tour-de-force from Wener Herzog. This is what great 3D technology was created for."

The mid-six-figure deal for "Cave" was negotiated by IFC's Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.

IFC kicked off the acquisition activity in Toronto when it picked up James Gunn's "Super" on Sunday.
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