French Cinematography in Johannesburg

The biopic story of Jacques Cousteau will be projected in the African cinemas

July 08th, 2017
Ioana Bolboacă, CD News
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The Odyssey, a film based on the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau that induces and ilustrates the desire to explore the world and to understand its substratum will be released at cinemas in South Africa on 14th of July, being supported by the Institut Français.


The film released by Videovision Entertainment, directed by Jérôme Salle and starring Lambert Wilson (as Cousteau), Audrey Tautou (as Simone), Pierre Niney and Benjamin Lavarnhe (as the two sons) is expected to have success in various cinemas from the South Africa’s capital city.

The action of The Odyssey is placed in 1943, presenting the adventurous dreams of the naval officer Jacques Cousteau. As his passion for observing and understanding the sea never ceases, his dreams become real by inventing the Aqua-Lung. Later on, the audience will be amazed by the obsession and work of the first person that created underwater films.

Besides the pragmatic action and discoveries that the film unfolds, the watcher is taken into an exploration of the sea world as if he is part of Cousteau’s crew. The humanity’s relationship with the sea – as symbolising the world – is depicted in different ways, Cousteau portraying among others the destructive role of man concerning the environment.

Guests are invited by the French Embassy in Pretoria to enjoy the film, which is considered by Sanjeev Singh, Director of Acquisition and Distribution of Videovision Entertainment, as “an astounding piece of cinematic art. Lambert Wilson’s portrayal of Cousteau is brilliant under the expert direction of the talented Jérôme Salle who gives the film a richly authentic texture”.


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