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The mysteries of Cosquer Cave – Airs on Arte and

23 June 2022

Online broadcast from 4 June on ARTE.TV, broadcast on 25 June on the ARTE channel


Marie Thiry’s film, which has already won 2 prizes and 2 mentions in festivals (Prize for the best cinematography – AGON Festival 2022, DRAC Prize – Festival du Film d’Archéologie d’Amiens, Special Mention in the “Grand Prix” category – AGON Festival 2022, Special Mention in the “Best Archaeology Film” category – AGON Festival 2022), will be broadcasted on ARTE for the opening of the COSQUER Mediteranean site



Over 35 meters below sea in France’s Calanque National Park hides the entry to one of cave art’s greatest masterpieces: the Cosquer Cave. Only accessible underwater, this incredible cave adorned with paintings more than 27 000 years old is little known, yet threatened by rising sea levels. In order for its preservation and to make it accessible to the largest number of people, the Southern Region (Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur) is creating a full-sized replica of this hidden gem and its incredible paintings, which will be presented in 2022 in Marseille’s Villa Méditerranée. The film follows this ambitious artistic and scientific project alongside the prehistorians, geologists, craftsmen and artists responsible for the reproduction of this underwater cave on land. In doing so, it retraces the incredible history of one of the most important decorated caves in Europe, and the only one to have survived the end of the last ice age in the Mediterranean periphery.





Editing : FABRICE GERARDI – Scientific Advisor: LUC VANRELL

This film was co-produced by GEDEON Programmes with ARTE France, the NHK and the CNRS, with the participation of the Ministère de la Culture, Direction régionale des Affaires Culturelles de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur and the support of the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur in partnership with the CNC, and the Procirep-Angoa