GODS OF EGYPT.
This original documentary series is a journey through time and space from the origins of Egyptian mythology to the multiverse of contemporary popular imagination.
A dream team of leading Egyptologists will guide us through Ancient Egypt’s founding myths, retracing the adventures of supernatural beings such as Ra, Isis, Osiris, Seth, Horus and many more. We will discover not only how these figures are as fascinating today as they were 4,000 years ago, but also how they can be considered on a par with all modern “superhero stories with super-problems”.
What does the god Ra have to do with the Force that powers the Star Wars universe? What do the great sorceress Isis and Wanda the enchantress of the Avengers have in common?
In each episode, a particular archaeological discovery will also be explored in depth recounted by the archeological teams involved in the findings thusadding a new piece to that complex cultural puzzle in which art, storytelling and spirituality meet.
6K filmed footage of the most spectacular sites in Ancient Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple
Medinet Habu Temple
Pyramids of Dahshur
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara Pyramid of Unas
Tomb of Nefertari
Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Queens
- THE BIRTH OF A WORLD
The first episode explore the cosmogony of Ancient Egypt and retraces the origins of the first divine family in its struggle for universal dominance. A team of 14 leading Egyptologists will accompany us on this journey, delving into the character of Ra, the sun god and king of all deities, as well as Isis, a dual-natured magician, while referencing popular culture icons, such as Marvel’s Celestials and introducing new characters who must navigate a web of conspiracies and plot twists.
- LOVE AND DEATH
The main character in the second episode is Osiris, husband of Isis and brother of Seth. As in most Shakespearean tragedies or any successful saga, the driving force of events is fueled by a family feud that leads to his assassination shaking the cosmic order. The journey continues in to the Afterlife: the night realm of the dead much like the “Upside-Down” of Stranger Things, where we will be guided by the god Anubis, compared to Batman for his dark charm and sense of justice, tasked with protecting the integrity of time and space.
- WAR AND IMMORTALITY
In the final episode we welcome the birth of Horus, prototype of the quintessential superhero. The falcon-headed god, raised and protected by his mother Isis, will fight a bloody war against his uncle Seth to avenge the killing of his father Osiris. The ancient Egyptians whose ideal synthesis is embodied by the figure of the Pharaoh, had an intense relationship with war. We discover through Tutankhamun and Rameses II, how the Pharaohs have similarities to modern superheroes and represent one of the earliest archetypes of the fusion of human and superhuman.
The series can satisfy the need of the experienced and passionate viewer but also represent an ideal access point for young viewers who would like to discover the “multiverse” of Egyptian mythology and its many connections with contemporary popular imagery
Director: Ernesto Pagano (Tutankhamun. The last Exhibition)
Photography: Alessio Valori
Original Music: Remo Anzovino
Storyline: Ernesto Pagano,
Tommaso Di Giulio
Production: Laboratoriorosso, Nexo Digital
- A completely new kind of storytelling
- A dream team of leading Egyptologists
- the “multiverse” of Egyptian mythology and its many connections with contemporary popular imagery
- target audience to include also young viewers
- 6k filmed footage of the most spectacular sites
- 2D and 3D animation techniques used to create ultra-high resolution “illustrated pages”
Salima Ikram: Egyptologist; professor at department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology at the American University in Cairo.
Miroslav Bárta: Egyptologist; rector at Charles University in Prague.
Mohamed Megahed: Egyptologist; professor at the faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague.
Katja Broschat: curator; RGZM Archaeological Research Institute, Conservation Department – Mainz.
Christian Eckmann: curator; RGZM Archaeological Research Institute, Conservation Department – Mainz.
Francesco Tiradritti: Professor at Kore University, Enna; writer; comics and graphic novel translator – Italy.
Hourig Sourozian: Egyptologist. Director of the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project; American University of Cairo.
Francisco Bosch-Puche: Egyptologist: professor at university of Oxford and Griffith Institute Archive.
André Veldmeijer: Egyptologist. American University in Cairo.
Nozomu Kawai: Egyptologist; professor of Egyptology Institute for Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa University – Japan.
Christian Bayer: Egyptologist; curator of Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim – Germany.
Wolfgang Wettengel: Egyptologist/curator; Egyptology Heiderlberg University – Germany.
Laurent Coulon: Egyptologist/ Director of the IFAO; Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale/ French Institute of Oriental Archeology – France.
Janice Kamrin: Egyptologist, historian; curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – USA.
Sandro Vannini: Photographer, founder of Laboratoriorosso.
DIRECTED BY: Ernesto Pagano (TUTANKHAMUN. THE LAST EXHIBITION)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION: Sandro Vannini (The photographer of the pharaohs, who has accumulated a wealth of high-resolution photographs that is unique in the world)
SCREENPLAY BY: Ernesto Pagano, Tommaso Di Giulio
SOUNDTRACK: Remo Anzovino
PRODUCED BY: Laboratoriorosso, Nexo Digital
RUNNING TIME: 3x45 min
RELEASE DATE: June 2023