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Weekend Film Series returns with ‘Whale’ of a tale

A documentary film about a baby whale that makes human friends, and an award-winning French film about friendship will screen as part of the Weekend Film Series on Sunday.

The screening is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI).

Set on the rugged western coast of Vancouver Island, ‘The Whale’ tells the story of Luna, a baby Orca that becomes separated from its pod and attempts to find a surrogate family among the people who live along Nootka Sound. As word spreads about Luna, people become torn between their love for the lonely young whale and fears that human contact might harm him.

The G-rated film is an update of the award-winning movie, ‘Saving Luna’. ‘Luna’ has been re-edited with new footage, thematic focus and narration, by executive producer Ryan Reynolds.

‘My Afternoons with Margueritte’ stars Gerard Depardieu and Gisele Casadesus. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. It follows semi-literate Germain (Mr Depardieu) and literature lover Margueritte (Ms Casadesus) as they strike up an unlikely friendship that transforms their lives and starts them on a new journey to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.

The film, in French with English subtitles, recently won the audience award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

‘The Whale’ will screen at 3pm. ‘My Afternoons With Margueritte’ will follow at 5.15pm. Tickets, $15, can be purchased in the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314. Trailers of the films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com.

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Published November 18, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 18, 2011 at 8:20 am)

Weekend Film Series returns with ‘Whale’ of a tale

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