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Cinema

The Whale

Venezia 79 Competition

Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Production:
Protozoa Pictures (Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Jeremy Dawson)
Running Time:
117’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Main Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton
Screenplay:
Samuel D. Hunter
Cinematographer:
Matthew Libatique
Editor:
Andrew Weisblum
Production Designer:
Mark Friedberg
Costume Designer:
Danny Glicker
Music:
Rob Simonsen
From the play:The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter

Synopsis

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Director’s Statement

Cinema can connect us to another no matter how different they may seem on the surface. People struggling with obesity are often judged, dismissed, and defined by it. When I saw Sam Hunter’s play eight years ago, I marveled at the depth of his characters, especially Charlie, and was inspired to use the silver screen to put audiences in Charlie’s shoes, to steep in his deepest thoughts, regrets, and hopes. But where would I find my Charlie? I needed a great talent that could glow through the makeup, an actor with a whale-sized heart and a pure soul. As soon as I met Brendan, I knew I had met Charlie. There’s something ineffable in him that brings Sam’s character to life and transports us—mind and body—into what might have been unknowable.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Jeremy Dawson – Protozoa Pictures

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: A24

WORLD SALES: A24
31 West 27th Street
10001 – New York, United States of America
Tel. +1 6465686015
sales@a24films.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Andrea Romeo – I Wonder Pictures
Via della Zecca 2
40121 – Bologna, Italia
Mob. +39 3450287832
coordinamento.direzione@andrearomeo.it
http://iwonderpictures.com

PRESS OFFICE: Premier PR
thewhale@premiercomms.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Giulia Martinez
Mob. + 39 3357189949
giuliamarpress@gmail.com


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