Real Myths and Unreal Creatures
Dragons may be objects of fantasy, but why do cultures throughout the world — in very different times and places — share common tales of these larger-than-life creatures? Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures traces the legend of dragons across cultures and continents, exploring their connections to history, geography, paleontology, literature, art, national identity, and more.
Through the giant screen, see incredible depictions of these unreal creatures. Explore the geography where these legends emerged. Experience their depictions in art and architecture.
Travel through time from ancient Mesopotamia and China to the present day and discover why dragon mythology persists.
In Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures, the legend of dragons unfolds through a conversation between Skye Ingram, a young woman troubled by recurring nightmares of dragons, and the peculiar Dr. Alistair Conis, a dream therapist of sorts and an expert on dragons.
As they work to identify the source of Skye’s inner turmoil, the pair discover they share an unusual bond.
Through stunning visuals, the film explores humankind’s fascination with dragons over thousands of years. Some of the world’s earliest known writings, in ancient Babylon, describe a mythic, monstrous dragon-like creature that creates the earth and the heavens.
The myth continues in ancient Greece, with references to dragons found in Homer’s epic “Iliad.” For centuries, the Chinese and other Asian cultures have revered dragons as noble and heroic. In Medieval England, there are stories of massive, winged dragons terrorizing villages and castles, eventually to be slain by heroes. Dragons appear on notable architecture, imperial crests, battle armor and national flags throughout the world.
The depictions of dragons in different cultures serve to connect the four classical elements: earth, upon which they crawl; air, through which they sometimes fly; water, in which they dominate; and fire, with which they inspire wonder and fear.
Writer and Director
Marc has written and directed three Giant Screen films: Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk; Vikings: Journey to New Words; and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia. He masterfully blends compelling stories and picture perfect aesthetics with finesse and accuracy. Box office success has proven that the audiences are drawn to his directorial style.
One of the most prolific producers in Quebec, Yves has accumulated over 125 productions in his career, many of which were European co-productions. He is as equally comfortable with feature films, documentaries and television series. In the Giant Screen industry, he served as line producer on Ultimate G’s:Zack’s Flying Dream. An impressive collection of awards demonstrates Yves’ commitment to quality craftsmanship, solid and daring storylines, and a focus on the spectator at the very core of the creative process.
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow was born April 10, 1929, in Lund in the south of Sweden, where his father was a professor of Scandinavian folklore at the university.
When he was in his teens, a municipal theatre was inaugurated in the neighboring city of Malmö. His school organized visits to the major productions. Max was fascinated, and together with some friends, started an amateur group that produced several Swedish plays.
After his final exam and a year of military service, he applied to be accepted as a student at the theatre academy of Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. He was accepted and spent three years at the school. He performed in a number of plays and was also offered parts in two films directed by Alf Sjöberg, with his debut taking place in Only a Mother (1949). For the next nine years, the actor was assigned to three different municipal theatres but returned to the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1960, where he performed until 1994.
During his time at the municipal theatre of Malmö, he met Ingmar Bergman, who in 1956 offered him a part in The Seventh Seal (1957). The two men continued working together in several theatre productions and in ten more movies.
In 1962, Max von Sydow was offered to play Christ in George Stevens’ The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), which led to an international film career with movies like Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Exorcist (1973), Flash Gordon (1980), Pelle the Conqueror (1987), Minority Report (2002), Shutter Island (2010), Robin Hood (2010) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011).
Max von Sydow is married to the film director Catherine Brelet and lives in France where he has been a citizen since 2002.
A young, rising Canadian star, Laurence Leboeuf was born into the world of the performing arts, as the daughter of thespians Diane Lavallée and Marcel Leboeuf. She began acting at age 11, on two Télévision de Radio-Canada series Virginie and L’Ombre de L’Épervier. More recently, she returned to Radio-Canada for a starring role in the acclaimed series Musée Eden, about two sisters operating a Montreal wax museum in 1910.
In 2005, Leboeuf learned English for a role on YTV’s 15/Love, earning a best supporting actress nomination in Canada’s Gemini Awards. Soon after that, she began appearing in feature films, including The Secret (2007), Ma Fille Mon Ange (2007), and a starring role in Story of Jen (2008). Ma Fille Mon Ange earned her the Jutra Award for best supporting actress, and a Genie nomination.
In 2008, Leboeuf won the best actress award at Prix Gémeaux for her role in Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire, a Radio-Canada television series based on the true story of a poor family that falls part after winning the lottery. That same year, she earned a Gemini Award for her work on the Canadian series Durham County.
Recently, she starred alongside Juliette Lewis, Max Theriot and Jason Priestley in Foreverland (2011), written and directed by Max McGuire. This followed a starring role in the feature film Les Pieds Dans Le Vide (2009). Her first title role in a U.S. feature film, The Trouble With Cali, premiered in 2012 at the Sedona International Film Festival. She recently finished shooting Simon Lavoie’s forthcoming Le Torrent.
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