Dolphin Man


How deep can you go on a single breath? We immerse ourselves in the extraordinary story of diver Jacques Mayol, the first to reach 100 metres below the sea without artificial breathing, and who revolutionized freediving by introducing yoga and Zen techniques. An immersing story, a sensory and transformative underwater experience.

Dolphin Man depicts the life of the legendary freediver whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult movie The Big Blue. He traveled across the world, promoting the urgency and need for humans to reconnect with nature. A close portrait of his life that reveals how the ‘Dolphin man’ pushed the limits of body and mind, not just to break records but hoping to discover the most profound affinity between humans and the sea.


Lefteris Charitos studied Film at the 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. Dolphin Man is his first feature-length documentary.



  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2017
  • Adelaide International Film Festival, Australia, 2017
  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan, 2017
  • Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2018
Dolphin Man | Edition 2018, Official Section - Panorama

Dolphin Man

Lefteris Charitos

Greece, Canada, France, Japan (2017)



Language: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Greek


Q&A with the director at the two sessions.

* Note: Q&A will be in English and there will be no simultaneous translation.



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