Lefteris Charitos
Dolphin Man
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Dolphin Man

Dolphin Man

Lefteris Charitos

80 min.
Greece, Canada, France and Japan
English, French, Japanese, Italian and Greek
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Dolphin Man tells the extraordinary story and legacy of free-diver Jacques Mayol.


Lefteris Charitos
Executive Production
Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin You, Seiko Kato, Marco Alessi, Marta Zaccaron
Olivier Dandré, Jérémie Halbert
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Ed Barreveld, Estelle Robin You

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 the direction
Lefteris Charitos

Lefteris Charitos


Lefteris Charitos studied film at Royal College of Arts in London. He has directed several fiction a...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama Section
Edició 2018
Docs del Mes · Julio
Edició 2018

Awards and festivals

Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Greek, 2017
Adelaide International Film Festival
Australia, 2017
Tokyo International Film Festival
Japan, 2017
Miami International Film Festival
United States, 2018
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Dolphin Man
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This is a fascinating exploration of a most intriguing life and fans of The Big Blue will find the fleshing out of Mayol's character in Dolphin Man to be compulsive viewing.

— Rachael Mead · Square Eyes

Dolphin Man not only looks great for a documentary, but it deftly handles the life of a complex, game changing figurehead with grace and dexterity.

— Andrew Parker · The Gate
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