“We sea men are not normal. They call us 'sub' because we really are sub-normal. Because what Jacques Mayol did was not normal. If that had been normal we would have been really crazy.” – Giancarlo Formichi, underwater cinematographer and friend of Jacques Mayol
A thoughtful, multi-layered look at the life of free-diver Jacques Mayol (perhaps best known to cineastes as the inspiration for Luc Besson’s divisive but world-famous 1988 film The Big Blue), Dolphin Man is a far more complex film than its title would have you believe. Somehow, director Lefteris Charitos has combined three very different kinds of film – the nature documentary, the voyeuristic thrills of an extreme sports film, and an apparently straightforward biopic – into something infinitely more compelling that transcends all three.Read more
Are you in love with the sea?
Upload photos of your connection with the sea, rivers or lakes before 31 December 2017 and win a unique diving experience in Greece with the Athens Divers Club*, an online course by world record-holding freediver Sara Campbell, Cressi diving equipment**, and Dolphin Man cinema tickets across Europe.Read more
Discover the story and legacy of Jacques Mayol, the legendary free-diver whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson's cult-movie The Big Blue.Read more