Captain Ahab


1h 37m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Mid-19th century. Northeastern United States. The young orphan Ahab is raised by his aunt, a pious and austere woman married to a dandy who has no qualms about using the whip to discipline the boy. Determined to leave this prison-like existence, Achab escapes by making it appear that he is dead. He

Film Details

Also Known As
Capitaine Achab, Kapten Ahab
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Auvergne-Rh(nes-Alpes CinTma; Dfm Fiktion; Film i VSst; Wide Management
Distribution Company
Sophie Dulac Productions; Triangelfilm

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

Mid-19th century. Northeastern United States. The young orphan Ahab is raised by his aunt, a pious and austere woman married to a dandy who has no qualms about using the whip to discipline the boy. Determined to leave this prison-like existence, Achab escapes by making it appear that he is dead. He then begins a new life, free of all restraints, only to discover his passion for the sea. After having been taken in by a pastor, he enrolls in a naval academy. From then on, he lives only for his greatest passion, the ocean. Eventually becoming the formidable Captain Ahab, he embarks upon a never-ending battle with a mysterious white whale known as Moby Dick. Five people whose paths have crossed with that of Ahab recount his tragic fate, each describing a different stage of his life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Capitaine Achab, Kapten Ahab
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Auvergne-Rh(nes-Alpes CinTma; Dfm Fiktion; Film i VSst; Wide Management
Distribution Company
Sophie Dulac Productions; Triangelfilm

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of two awards including Best Director and the FIPRESCI award at the 2007 Locarno International Film Festival.

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States August 2007

Released in United States June 2008

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (International Competition) August 1-11, 2007.

Shown at Los Angeles Film Festival (International Showcase) June 19-29, 2008.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Sturm und Drang) January 23-February 3, 2008.

Freely adapted from the novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville.

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Sturm und Drang) January 23-February 3, 2008.)

Released in United States June 2008 (Shown at Los Angeles Film Festival (International Showcase) June 19-29, 2008.)

Released in United States August 2007 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (International Competition) August 1-11, 2007.)