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Films Synopsis

2017 Arkhaios Film Festival Films Synopsis-p4

Saturday October 21, 2017 at 2:35pm
Chinese Chariot
Director: Giulia Clark, Producer : Lion TV, Arte France, United Kingdom, 2016, 53 min.

 For over a thousand years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields, dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on Earth.

Now a series of amazing archaeological discoveries, including whole chariots buried with their horses, has enabled a team of experts to probe the genius of China’s first super-weapon.

By recreating a battle chariot, they investigate the design secrets, which made them such a long-lived war machine, all while discovering how they were used, what set them apart from the rest of the world, and their role in the unification of China. (Nova)

Saturday October 21, 2017 at 3:35pm
Stone Age Cinema
Director: Marc Azéma, Pascal Cuissot, Producer : MC4, Passé Simple, Arte France, France, 2015, 53 min.

“Stone Age Cinema” takes the spectator on the first tracks of the cinematograph through 20,000 years of Paleolithic art. Foolish proposal ? Not at all ! A new reading of the cave art paintings and engravings reveals numerous cases of decomposition of the movement of the animals represented on the walls, a fundamental stage of the animated film.

Toward the end of the Paleolithic an incredible mechanism, which seems to create an animation with a couple of images, will even appear. The film experts are shattered. But that’s not all. The cavemen have even devoted themselves to graphic history: a way of telling stories with sounds and images, an immersion like in cinema, but without settling the spectator in a chair… An amazing investigation into the heart of the cultural DNA of mankind.

Dr. Marc Azéma is associate researcher at the TRACES Joint Research Unit and at the Cartailhac Center for Research and Study on Prehistoric Art (CREAP). Since 2001, he is a member of the scientific team responsible for studying the Chauvet cave in Ardèche.
Since 1995 he has carried out surveys of parietal art in several caves: Chauvet, Ebbou, Colombier, La Baume-Latrone, and has become a specialist in the representation of movement in Paleolithic art and in ethological approach to animation.
He also produces documentary films, exhibitions, video archiving (excavations and study of ornate caves), often integrating reconstruction sequences into 3D synthesis images (all periods of prehistory and history).

Saturday October 21, 2017 at 5:05pm
5th Anniversary Celebration
Chocolate      Pathway to the Gods
Director: Meredith Dreiss, C. Grant Mitchell, Producer : ArcheoProductions, Spyworm, USA, 2008, 52 min.

Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods, explores the 3,000 year-old history of this divine substance through ritual and obsession.

From Mayan kings who were buried with, to urban professionals who bathe in it, the film begins in ancient Mesoamerica and journeys throughout time to Europe's finest chocolate houses where chocolate is still revered as one of mankind's highest expressions of decadence and sensuality.

This film features discoveries by several prominent Mayan archeologists that substantiate the sacred role of chocolate in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. It captures for the first time an ancient, secret method of processing cacao beans still used by women in rural Oaxaca.

Additional archeological and anthropological revelations give the viewer a whole new perspective on chocolate.

AWARDS and SCREENINGS: Early footage of the film first appeared at Chicago’s Field Museum’s highly successful exhibit on Chocolate that later toured nationally throughout the United States.
The documentary has aired on TV in France and Poland, as well as Italy, Asia, Britain, and Canada.
It won many awards in The Archaeology Channel’s 2008 filmfest, including best animation, Special and Honorable Mentions in several categories as well as Special Mention in the 2008 Festival International du Film d’Archéologie Icronos, Bordeaux France. It was featured in the 2009 Rasseg
na Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico.