1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139


North American Premiere

DIRECTED BY Lefteris Charitos

Country: Canada, France, Greece, Japan
Language: English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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.



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Director: Lefteris Charitos
Producer: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin

Subjects: Jean-Marc Barr, Dottie Mayol, Steve McCullough, Jack Slack, Meghan Heaney Grier

Lefteris Charitos

Lefteris Charitos studied film at Royal College of Arts in London. He has directed several fiction and non-fiction series for Greek television, including the highly acclaimed history documentary series 1821 and the Story of Food as well as the fiction crime series Zone De-fence, co-directed with Filippos Tsitos. Dolphin Man is his first feature length documentary. Parallel to directing he has been the Digital Film Production Coordinator at the SAE Creative Media College in Athens.