The Gorges du Verdon is a canyon in the south of France that attracts a large variety of visitors. Though millions of tourists—hikers and others—now visit the Gorges du Verdon every year, for ages it inspired fear and respect. Some sections are accessible only by water, and the rapids can be very dangerous. The film tells the story of Clara and Hidalgo, two young people who seem entirely unalike. Clara, a young black woman, is hiking the trail. Hidalgo, an intrepid young white man, plans to descend the furious torrent. He is following the route of the first expedition down the river completed in 1905 by Edouard-Alfred Martel. Clara and Hidalgo are about to embark on an epic journey that will unite them for life—an ordeal against a backdrop more extraordinary than anything humans could create. By following their expedition, and Martel’s, the film will reveal the hidden side of the Gorges du Verdon.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2016
  • Date Released:

    March 26, 2016

  • Alternate Titles: Verdon Secret
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    Camera Lucida Productions

  • Produced By:

    Camera Lucida Productions, Ecocine Verdon

  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Francois Bertrand
  • Director:  Francois Bertrand
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Francois Bertrand
  • Cinematography: Pascal Auffray
  • Sound Editor: 

    Aymeric Dupas

  • Visual Effects: C√©dric-Alexandre Saudinos, Marie-Laure Bruneau
  • Music/Score:  Armand Amar
  • Editor: Anne-Marie Sangla
  • Narrator: Jacques Gamblin (French version)
  • Other Credits:
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  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Nature



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