el Documental del mes July 2018


Lefteris Charitos

2017 80 min.

Original Version with Catalan and Spanish subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Lefteris Charitos
    • Narrated by: Jean-Marc Barr
    • Written by: Yuri Averof, Lefteris Charitos
    • Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin You
    • Editor: David Kazala, CCE
    • Executive Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin You, Seiko Kato, Marco Alessi, Marta Zaccaron
    • Cinematography: Stelios Apostolopoulos GSC
    • Sound Recording: Olivier Dandré, Jérémie Halbert
    • Suitable for all audiences



Dolphin Man tells the extraordinary story and legacy of free-diver Jacques Mayol, whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult-movie The Big Blue.
The film draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey from Japan to Europe, India and the Bahamas, while immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving.
Mayol was the first diver to reach 100 metres below the sea and revolutionized free-diving by introducing yoga and Zen techniques. He traveled across the world, promoting an urgent vision of our need to reconnect with nature.
Narrated by Jean-Marc Barr, the actor who famously portrayed Mayol in The Big Blue, the film weaves together stunning contemporary underwater photography of the world’s leading free-divers with intimate testimonies of Mayol’s closest friends and family and rare film archive.

About direction (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 Τhe Journey of Food, as well as the fiction crime series Zone Defence, 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.

Awards & Festivals

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Greece, 2017
  • Adelaide International Film Festival - Australia, 2017
  • Tokyo International Film Festival - Japan, 2017
  • Miami International Film Festival - United States, 2018