TABARLY (France, 2008, 90 min.)
Sailor extraordinaire Eric Tabarly was the perfect composite of a human being, his boat, the Pen Duick, and the sea. We often dream of meeting those great men and women we admire—to listen to their stories and to get to know the spirit that drives them. But these figures do not just recount their stories—they live them. Meeting Eric Tabarly catches one off-guard. A private man, full of humility and yet undeniably present, he always left a lasting impression; not a man of many words, he led by action and example. Pierre Marcel’s film, sponsored by the Eric Tabarly Association, tells of the unusual journey of this in-tune with-nature sailor. Based largely on original documents from radio broadcasts to other audiovisual archives, in English and French, from both professional and amateur sources, this work brings to light the many feats and accomplishments that the Pen Duick fleet carried through 35 years out on the world’s seas. Directed by Pierre Marcel. Produced by Jacques Perrin and Nicolas Dumont.
Introduced by Roland Celette, Cultural Attaché and Director of La Maison Française, Embassy of France.
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