Biographical Film About Jacques Cousteau Being Filmed in Dalmatia

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Adriatic islands to become a filmset once more, this time for the life of Jacques Cousteau. 

The Odyssey, a biographical film about legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, has been filming on three Dalmatians island for the last seven days. Hvar, Vis and Biševo are standing in for the south of France, where Cousteau carried out his first dives, reports on September 14, 2015.

During the 14-day-shoot, the film crew will spend around one million euros. Thanks to the incentive program by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, 20 percent of the funds will be returned to the producers. Scenes are being filmed on the islands of Hvar (Hvar, Stari Grad, Jagodna Bay, Pakleni Otoci), Vis and Biševo. About two thirds of people working on the film are Croatian film professionals. Odyssey is directed and written by Jerome Salle, with Lambert Wilson as Cousteau, Audrey Tautou as his wife Simone and Pierre Niney as Cousteau’s son Philippe.

Jacques Cousteau is a legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer who filmed 120 documentary films about the mysteries of the sea and has contributed to the understanding of the underwater world. Together with Louis Malle, he produced the film World of Silence (Le Monde Du Silence) which in 1956 won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and then an Oscar. Cousteau won two more Academy Awards and a number of other film awards, but he is mostly remembered for the documentary series the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau which was broadcast in the late 1960s and is one of the most popular series of its time.

After Croatia, the film crew will move to South Africa and the Antarctic, where they will shoot till the end of December. The premiere is expected in autumn 2016.

The Odyssey is the eighth project to be filmed in 2015 in Croatia as part of the program which gives financial incentives for film/TV production. Five productions have already completed their filming on locations in Croatia. By the end of the year, three new projects are expected to be started.


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