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Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures

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For thousands of years, dragon mythology has existed across many cultures and continents, inspiring stories of terror, heroics, majesty and national pride. If dragons are just creatures of legend, how could these stories have emerged at different times in ancient Babylon, Greece, Asia and Medieval Europe? To answer this question, follow the unique tale of a dreamer and a scholar who share an unusual bond. The pair explore how dragons have influenced our culture, our art and literature, and our dreams, and they discover that these legends have some basis in reality.


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?

Join two-time Oscar® Nominee Max von Sydow, Laurence Leboeuf and Serge Houde on an epic journey with centuries-old legends surrounding dragons.

Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures traces the legend of dragons through time, and across cultures and continents, exploring their connections to history, geography, paleontology, literature, art, national identity, and more.

In the film, dragon legends unfold through a conversation between Skye Ingram (Laurence Leboeuf), a young woman troubled by recurring nightmares of dragons, and the peculiar Dr. Alistair Conis (Max von Sydow), a dream therapist of sorts and an expert on dragons.

Dragons explores humankind’s fascination with these fantastic creatures over thousands of years. Dragons appear in some of the worlds’ earliest known writings in ancient Babylon and Greece. They appear on notable architecture, imperial crests, battle armor and national flags throughout the world. In Chinese and other Asian cultures dragons are revered as noble and heroic. In Medieval England, there are stories of massive, winged dragons terrorizing villages and castles, eventually to be slain by heroes.

Director Marc Fafard has applied his experience, knowledge, and attention to scientific and factual accuracy to create a hybrid docu-fictional approach that grabs audience attention, engages them and creates insightful understanding.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    43 minutes
  • Language
  • Premiere
    May 2013
  • Rating
  • Director
    Mark Fafard
  • Producer
    Yves Fortin
  • Cast
    Max von Sydow, Laurence Leboeuf and Serge Houde
  • Animator
    Studio Element, Digital Dimension, Frima Studios
  • Sound Design
    Jérôme Boiteau
  • Music
    Gilles Léveillé