NATURE . WILDLIFE

Patrick and the Whale

50', 73' (ENG, GER)
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Join us on this inspiring and mesmerizing tale about a man and his close bond to a female sperm whale affectionately named "Dolores."

For years, Patrick Dykstra has dedicated his life to traveling the globe, following and diving with whales. Over the years, he has learned how whales see and hear, how they perceive other creatures in the water, and how they behave at close quarters. He has a finely tuned sense and knows how to act when within touching distance of a whale – what to do, what not to do, and when. This allows him to consistently get closer than anyone else alive – a truly unique skill. Patrick recently experienced a life-changing event. In Dominica, he had a close encounter with a female sperm whale. She seemed to be curious about him, coming within touching distance, pulsing him with her sonar. She studied him as he studied her. Patrick felt an overwhelming sense that she was genuinely trying to communicate. We follow Patrick as he travels to Dominica again to find this special whale he named “Dolores” so she can help him show us the hidden world of her species. Using stunning underwater footage, Patrick explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity, as well as highlighting its current and past relationship with humankind. The film follows his journey and explores the psychology of a man who has sacrificed everything in his single-minded quest to connect with and understand one of the biggest creatures in the ocean.

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Festivals & Awards

  • 13th Arlington Int’l Film Festival

    * winner : Audience Choice Award
  • Friday Harbor Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Overall Feature (Audience Choice) Award
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Environmental Film
  • Smaragdni Eco Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Environmental Feature Film
  • Green Screen – Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde 2023

    * winner : Best Marine Film, Heinz Sielmann Prize
  • NaturVision Filmfestival 2023

    * winner : Special Category Award: Change of Perspective – Nature Film chosen differently
  • Blue Water Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Cinematography Award, Eco Impact Award
  • Riviera International Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Sky Documentary Award
  • Wild Oceans FilmFest 2023

    * winner : Finalist
  • Dana Point Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Feature Length Documentary
  • Sedona International Film Festival 2023

    * winner : Best Environmental Film
  • Mountainfilm International Filmfestival Graz 2022

    * winner : Camera Alpin in Gold (Nature&Environment) Audience Award: Favorite Mountainfilm 2022
  • Newport Beach Film Festival 2022

    * winner : Best Documentary
  • Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2022

    * winner : Grand Prize for the best Nature Documentary
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2022

    * nominated : Official Selection
  • Jackson Wild Media Awards 2022

    * nominated : Human Planet – Long Form, Onscreen Personality, Feature

Facts

  • Original Title
    Patrick und der Wal
  • Year
    2024
  • Length
    50', 73' (ENG, GER)
  • Resolution
    HD, 4K
  • Film by
    Mark Fletcher
  • Produced by
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  • Trailer

    Trailer - English
  • Screener, 52'

    Screener - English
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  • Screener, 52'

    Screener - German
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  • Screener, 73'

    Screener - German
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  • Screener, 73'

    Screener - English
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