The Odyssey, which has been filming on three different Dalmatian islands the last seven days, is a biopic about the legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau.
The setting is the South of France, and the location is being played by Hvar, Vis and Biševo islands, where Cousteau first dove.
Thanks to support from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, The Odyssey is being filmed in Croatia, where, in 14 days, the film crew will spend approximately one million EUR (7.4 million HRK) and will have the right to a 20% return on expenditures, amounting to approximately 1.4 million HRK. Scenes are being filmed on Hvar (Hvar, Starigrad, Jelsa, Jagodna Bay, Paklinski Islands), Vis and Biševo, and two thirds of the crew are made up of Croatian film professionals, including sector heads such as scenographer Ivica Trpčić, costume designer Nikolina Kostanjšek, make-up artist Tina Jasenković, art director Jurica Ester, and others.
Jérôme Salle wrote and is directing The Odyssey, while the film stars Lambert Wilson as Cousteau, Audrey Tautou as his wife Simone, and Pierre Niney as Cousteau’s tragically departed son Philippe.
Production is being handled by Fidélité Films/Pan-Européenne, while production in Croatia is in the hands of MP Film Production.
Jacques Cousteau is a legendary French oceanographer and undersea explorer who filmed 120 documentaries about the secrets of the sea, making a large contribution to the understanding of the underwater world. Along with Louis Malle, he filmed The Silent World (Le monde du silence) which, in 1956, won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by an Oscar.
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