The Whale

The Whale

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. “Cinema can connect us to another being, no matter how different they may seem on the surface. People struggling with obesity are often judged, dismissed, and defined by it. When I saw Sam Hunter’s play eight years ago, I marveled at the depth of his characters, especially Charlie, and was inspired to use the silver screen to put audiences in Charlie’s shoes, to steep in his deepest thoughts, regrets, and hopes,” says Darren Aronofsky, recruiting Brendan Frazer for the performance of his life, transporting us –mind and body– into what might have been unknowable.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Darren Aronofsky
Script: Samuel D. Hunter
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique
Editing: Andrew Weisblum
Sound: Craig Henighan, Jill Purdy
Music: Rob Simonsen
Actors: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton
Production: Protozoa Pictures, A24
Producers: Jeremy Dawson, Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky
Costumes: Danny Glicker
Production Design: Mark Friedberg, Robert Pyzocha
Executive producer: Scott Franklin, Tyson Bidner
Make Up: Mandy Bisesti, Judy Chin, Adrien Morot
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 117΄
Distribution in Greece: Tanweer
Contact: A24
Awards/Distinctions: Interfilm Award & Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award & Premio CinemaSarà Award & Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award – Venice FF 2022

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films are noted for their surrealistic, melodramatic, and sometimes disturbing elements, often in the form of psychological fiction. Aronofsky attended Harvard University, where he studied film and social anthropology, and then the American Film Institute where he studied directing. In 1997, he founded the film and TV production company Protozoa Pictures.


1998 Pi
2000 Requiem for a Dream
2006 The Fountain
2008 The Wrestler
2010 Black Swan
2017 Mother! 
2022 The Whale