North American Premiere
Country: Canada, France, Greece, Japan
Language: English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese
Running Time: 80min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Marquee Series
Immortalized in Luc Besson’s classic The Big Blue, Jacques Mayol was the world’s greatest free-diver, a restless lifelong sea-adventurer whose destiny was forever altered by his friendship with Clown, the dolphin, while working at Miami Seaquarium in the 1950s.
Blending spectacular archival materials with recollections from family members, contemporaries and actor Jean-Marc Barr—who portrayed Mayol in The Big Blue—Greek documentarian Lefteris Charitos’ inspiring feature directorial debut, narrated by Barr, allows us to share in that dreamy wonder Mayol found below the ocean’s surface, where he went as far as any human can go to fulfilling that deep inner urge to experience the freedom of dolphins.
Following the screening of Dolphin Man, an extended conversation with Jean-Marc Barr will be held in the auditorium, along with Barr’s personal introduction to the second half of this double-feature presentation: a 4K digital restoration of The Big Blue.
Jean-Marc Barr is a French-American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He became an international star playing Jacques Mayol in The Big Blue (88) and is a longtime collaborator with Danish auteur Lars von Trier, starring in such films as Breaking the Waves (98) and Dancer in the Dark (00). Barr’s directorial credits include Lovers (99),and American Translation (11).
This film is also featured in the 2018 Film Festival’s Knight Documentary Achievement Award Film Category.
Following the screening, actor Jean-Marc Barr will participate in an in-depth Conversation regarding Dolphin Man, and introduce a digital restoration of The Big Blue, which will screen immediately following Barr’s presentation, and is included in the price of the ticket.
DOLPHIN MAN screens with THE BIG BLUE
Director: Lefteris Charitos
Producer: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin