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Finding Altamira (2016)

Altamira (original title)
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Life and events of the man who realized one of the most important discoveries of the 19th century: Altamira's caves.


Hugh Hudson





Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Marcelino
Clément Sibony ... Émile Cartailhac
Rupert Everett ... Monseñor
Javivi ... Harlé (as Javivi Gil Valle)
Irene Escolar ... María adulta
Pierre Niney ... Paul Ratier
Nicholas Farrell ... Vilanova
Allegra Allen Allegra Allen ... Young María Sautuola
Lluís Soler ... Mero
Tábata Cerezo ... Pasi
Golshifteh Farahani ... Conchita
Chantal Garsan Chantal Garsan ... Soprano
Concha Hidalgo ... Marquesa
Katie Paterson Katie Paterson ... Carolina
Henry Goodman ... De los Ríos


Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola y de la Pedrueca, in 1868, accidentally discovered Paleolithic paintings with the help of a hunter named Modesto Cubillas inside Altamira's caves, located in Cantabria, northern Spain. Trying to expose their discovery to the academic world so that they could study the paintings, Sautuola incurred the scepticism and discredit of all experts, who claimed that the caves were false and the paintings made by Sautuola himself, in an effort to get rich. Looking for the truth, Sautuola spent the rest of his life fighting to prove that those paintings were real, trying to restore his innocence from the accusations of falsehood launched against him. Written by Chockys

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Some secrets are too powerful to hide.


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Antonio Banderas was offered to visit the real Altamira cave, but he refused the offer. The cave has been closed to the general public since 2002 because public attendance was deteriorating the paintings. Banderas felt unfair to be granted a special permission and instead worked on the faithful replica which was built in a museum near the cave in 2001. See more »


At the end of the movie, it is said that Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola died in 1889. He actually died on June 2, 1888. See more »


Composed by Mark Knopfler & Evelyn Glennie
(p) © 2016 Will D. Side Limited, under exclusive licence to Mercury Records Limited
M. Knofler cues published by Will D. Side Ltd/ Hornsall Brothers Music Ltd.
E. Glennie cues published by Rights Worldwide Ltd. / Faber Music Ltd.
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Antonio Banderas is the main character!!!!!
11 March 2017 | by virginializSee all my reviews

I am not sure why this actor's name is listed all the way down in the page as he is the main character... I am referring to Antonio Banderas; whoever created this page should correct this. Rupert Everett, who appears in the beginning, is actually playing a small part in this movie. I tried to fix it but by editing the page but couldn't do it. I hope to see this corrected in the future. It just makes no sense to me and I have seen similar mistakes in other movie pages.

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1 April 2016 (Spain) See more »

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