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About the Film

The Minoan civilization is regarded as the very cradle of European culture. Every year thousands of tourists travel to Crete to gaze at the imposing Palace of Knossos. Apart from the pyramids of Gizeh, the centre of Minoan culture is one of the most famous archaeological excavations. The few existing Minoan relics are eagerly protected in great museums.

But could it be possible that the Minoan culture - as we know - is actually a fake? Did the Minoan culture ever exist in the way which we assume? A spectacular discovery made by Canadian archaeologist Alexander McGillivray challenges everything.

We owe the few things which we know about the Minoans to one man: Sir Arthur Evans. At the beginning of the 20th century the Englishman discovered the legendary palace - a worldwide sensation which raised him into the Olympus of the greatest archaeologists. Is it possible that "the Minoan culture" is the mere creation of Sir Evans, of an ambitious and visionary archaeologist? Did he simply want to impress the world with a spectacular discovery - as spectacular as the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen by his colleague and contemporary Howard Carter? Or was he misled by clever forgers who sought to make quick money?

Christian Bauer and Nikos Dayandas accompany archaeologist McGillivray on his hunt for the truth.

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The Team

Directors: Christian Bauer, Nikos Dayandas
Producers: Yuri Averof, Rea Apostolides, Ed Barreveld, Christian Bauer, Dagmar Biller
Co-producers: Tangram, Storyline Entertainment and Anemon Pictures
Year: 2007

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Awards & Reviews

Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary – History, 2008 Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival

Special Mention - Art, International Science Film Festival 2008, Athens

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  • International Archaeology Film Festival (Verde Valley, Arizona, Mar 2012)

  • Archaeological Film Festival (Belgrade, Mar 2009)

  • International Festival of Archeology Films (Nyon, France, Mar 2009)

  • International Review of Archaeological Cinema  (Rovereto, Italy, October 2008).

  • Icronos International Archaeology Film Festival in Bordeaux  (France, Oct 2008)

  • Los Angeles Greek Film Festival  (June 2008)

  • Yorkton Film & Video Festival  (Yorkton, Canada, May 2008)

  • International Meeting of Archaeological Film AGON  (Athens, May 2008)

  • International Science Film Festival  (Athens, May 2008)

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