The Big Blue

La grand bleu, 1988, France, Language: French, English, Italian, Subtitles: English and Hungarian (168’); Screening: 09.08, 19.30, Open-air screening, Szent István square, FREE ENTRANCE, Special Guest: Jean-Marc Barr

Luc Besson was the artist who (quite justifiably) one presumed would be the commander in chief of French film teams resisting the flood of American movies. The Big Blue, a genuine drama about free divers, entered the fray alongside Nikita and Léon: The Professional. As a matter of fact, the competitive – in love and professionally – nature of the two friends is merely a backdrop to the film: the true protagonist is the sea and the creatures that live in it, particularly dolphins. Thanks to this, if one were forced to say what this film is about, one could state quite simply: freedom. That sense one gets when in close proximity to the sea.

Directed by: Luc Besson
Written by: Luc Besson
Screenplay by: Luc Besson, Robert Garland, Marilyn Goldin, Jacques Mayol, Marc Perrier
Director of photography: Carlo Varini
Music by: Éric Serra , Bill Conti      
Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette, Paul Shenar, Sergio Castellitto, Jean Bouise
Genre: adventure
Production: Gaumont, Les Films du Loup
Format: colour, 2.35: 1