the magic of brilliant cinematography and gorgeous location
shots, Finding Altamira takes us back to the 1800s in Spain during a
time of conflict between religion and science. It tells the story of Marcelino
Sautuola (Antonio Banderas), an amateur archeologist who owns the land where
mysterious paintings are found in one of the caves on his property. Marcelino
and his colleague Juan Vilanova (Nicholas Farrell) believe the art was created
by humans much earlier than anyone ever suspected. Unfortunately, this belief
does not meet with approval from the church or from other scientists. Plus, Marcelino’s
wife (Golshifteh Farahani) cannot fully support his theory because of her
religious beliefs, which causes family problems. But his darling little
daughter (Allegra Allen), who first sees the cave art, stands by him. I
hope this remarkable film will be remembered during the 2016 awards season.
Altamira hides works
And finding them is
where things start.
A little girl falls
in a cave.
Then looking up,
she’d like to rave.
Her father sees the
He wants the world to
know they’re true.
But forces stand
against this man
and plot to wreck his
Banderas nails his
We cheer the man’s
most worthy goal.
The film itself
pleases the eye
with lovely sights
that make us sigh.
Don’t miss this one
if you like art
or movies filled with
lots of heart.
by Samuel Goldwyn Films; not rated by MPAA.)
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