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COVE, THE

USA, 2009 (MIFF 2009, Documentaries)

Director: Louie Psihoyos

“I'd be surprised if [this] doesn't wind up being nominated in next year's best documentary feature Oscar race.” - Hollywood Reporter

Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, Richard O'Barry (former on-set dolphin trainer for the television show Flipper) and an elite team of activists and freedivers embark on a mission to penetrate a hidden dolphin cove in Japan.

Using covert surveillance tactics and smashing through legal roadblocks - “we didn't need filmmakers, we needed pirates,” admits Psihoyos - they uncover a dark secret that is merely the tip of the iceberg. The result is a disturbing true story that resembles a thriller more than a documentary.

Winner of the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

“Documentaries don't get much more compelling.” - Variety

D Louie Psihoyos P Paula DuPré Pesman, Fisher Stevens S Mark Monroe Dist Madman Entertainment L English, Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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