Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures

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.


Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures is now playing with powerful results.

“Dragons 3D is a great opportunity for programming. A thirteen year old girl exiting the theatershared her excitement. She particularly appreciated the mix of fantasy and historical facts and the idea of learning something while having fun.” –Laurent Dondey, CEO, La Géode Theater – Paris, France

“A school group of 7 and 8 year-olds absolutely loved Dragons!” –Graeme Fyfe, Theatre Manager, Rheged Centre Theatre – Penrith, England

Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures strikes that fine balance of teaching history, encouraging inquisitiveness and sparking creativity. It’s a win-win for kids and educators alike.” —C.J. Hill (Janette Rallison) Best Selling Author of the Slayers Series

Official Film Website

Starring: Max von Sydow, Laurence Leboeuf and Serge Houde
Production Company: Productions Thalie
Director & Writer: Marc Fafard
Producer: Yves Fortin
Music: Gilles Léveillé
Sound Design: Jérôme Boiteau
Directors of Photography: Francis Hanneman and Sean McLeod Philips
Animation Partners: Studio Élément, Digital Dimension, Frima Studios

Available in 2D and 3D
Release date: May 2013
Formats: 15/70mm, 2K/4K Digital, IMAX® Digital and Fulldome
Running times: Flat Screen 15/70mm, IMAX Digital and open 2K and 4K Digital: 43 Minutes
Dome 15/70mm and Fulldome: 25 and 40 Minutes
Flat Screen Digital 2K and 4K: 25 Minutes

Theater Support

The creative team is excited to provide a great Marketing Campaign.

Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures comes complete with the following elements:

  • Print Ads
  • Outdoor
  • Banners
  • Rack Card
  • Postcards
  • Web Banner Ads
  • Digital Marketing Ad Buy & Campaign – Turn-Key Buying Option
  • :15 and :30 TV Spots
  • :30 and :60 Radio Spots
  • Educator’s Guide
  • Official Film Website
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