October 19 marks the start of the new journey of the Ocean Film Festival Italia, a film festival presenting a selection of the best films from the Australian festival of the same name.
The sixth edition debuts with the World Premiere of the documentary Broken Breath about freediver Mike Maric, the first Italian film among the finalists of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour.
A national tour that will touch 16 cities, starting in Milan on October 19 and continuing along the Italian territory until November 28.
Freediving, sailing, surfing, diving and marine nature are the stars of this festival that aims to celebrate the beauty and power of the ocean: a world to dive into or glide lightly over, a world populated by sea creatures, a world that is both powerful and fragile.
The films tell the wonders and mysteries of the big blue through stories of exploration and adventure in remote and wild environments, which today need protection and safeguarding from climate threats and pollution produced by plastics.
7 films, including short and medium-length films, specially selected for the big screen:
BROKEN BREATH by Morgan Bertacca opens the curtain of the Ocean Film Festival Italia with the touching tale of Mike Maric, a world record holder in freediving who, after a trauma that deeply marks him, embarks on a path of rebirth. Breathing restores his life and freediving guides him to a newfound balance and knowledge of a new part of himself; I AM OCEAN bears witness to the powerful bond between man and the ocean with the story of PT Hirschfield, an award-winning underwater photographer, film maker and oceanographer who only under the waters can find the strength to restart and survive a terminal cancer diagnosed in 2011; EYRE & SEA takes us to the Great Australian Bight, a desert territory overlooking the ocean, where the life of Alan, one of three inhabitants of a tiny coastal town, shaped around the natural world and encounters with unique wildlife becomes the protagonist of that suspended time; IF YOU GIVE A BEACH A BOTTLE documents the urgency of ocean pollution through painful but beautiful images from director Max Romey's watercolor sketches; MAR, in Portuguese, is as much the place to live as the air to breathe. When the wave comes and the wind is right, when all the variables align.... then those are the days to find yourself in Nazaré where big-wave means surfing waves up to 30 meters high; TIGER (SHARK) KING, the "loving" side of large predatory sharks discovered by diver and conservationist Jim Abernethy who in his lifetime has helped thousands of sharks in Bahamian waters free themselves from hooks, fishing nets or other predicaments; WAVE OF CHANGE takes us aboard the catamaran Nomade des Mers for a tour around the world, from Asia to Mexico, to document the ongoing quest for sustainable living and life at sea.
The films are in the original language, with Italian subtitles, and the program of the 7 titles is offered the same for all evenings on the calendar.
I tickets are on sale at https://oceanfilmfestival.vivaticket.it/ for €15 (plus presale fees), at the Vivaticket outlets (listed at http://www.vivaticket.it) or by calling the 892234 call center.