Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Hugh Hudson|
|Produced by||Lucrecia Botin |
|Screenplay by||José Luis López-Linares |
|Starring|| Antonio Banderas |
|Music by||Mark Knopfler, Evelyn Glennie|
|Cinematography||José Luis Alcaine|
|Edited by||Pia Di Ciaula|
|Distributed by||Eagle Films|
Samuel Goldwyn Films
|1 April 2016 (Spain)|
|Language||English / Spanish|
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The film chronicles the groundbreaking discovery of stone age cave paintings in the Cave of Altamira in Cantabria, Spain, and the subsequent controversy by leading religious and scientific figures of the day.
It was shot in Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Puente San Miguel and Santander at the end of 2014.
The music was composed by guitarist Mark Knopfler and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
The film has a score of 57% on Metacritic.
Johnathan Holland of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "picturesque, but routine" and wrote that "little of the wow factor is felt on a first viewing of the Antonio Banderas-starring, Hugh Hudson-directed Finding Altamira, where events which played a footnote role in Darwin's great scientific revolution are reduced to a good-looking but unimaginative period drama in which everything proceeds exactly as expected".
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