The documentary Dolphin Man, directed by Lefteris Charitos draws us into the world of Jacques Mayol, a French diving legend and the holder of many world records in free diving captures his compelling journey while immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving.
From the Mediterranean to Japan, to India and the Bahamas, the documentary paints the portrait of a man who reached the limits of the human body and mind, hoping to discover the deeper affinity between human beings and the sea.
Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr, the actor who portrayed Mayol in The Big Blue, the film weaves together rare film archive from the 1950s onwards, with stunning contemporary underwater photography, to discover how the ‘dolphin man’ revolutionized free-diving and brought a new consciousness to our relationship with the sea and our inner-selves.
The documentary which is a co-production of Greece, France, Canada, Japan and Italy, will premiere in Athens at the Danaos cinema on Thursday 1st of February at 20:00
The 20:00 screening of Friday 2 February will be followed by a Q&A session with the documentary’s narrator, Jean-Marc Barr.
The audience will also have the opportunity to watch the 10-minute film shot in 360° Dolphin man VR”. This series of 3 short VR films in 360° video focuses on the themes of free immersion apnea, the study of cetaceans, and the importance of yoga and breathing for free-divers.
The film has been screened at the International Film Festivals of Tokyo, Thessaloniki and Adelaide and will make its North American premiere at the Miami International Film Festival on March 2018. The documentary will also be screened in various Greek cities including Thessaloniki, Patras, Volos and Heraklion.