OCEAN MEN takes you on a giant screen adventure into the world of two freedivers and their unique relationship to the sea. Their goal: dive deeper than anyone has ever gone before…on a single breath of air.
For more than 10 years, world champion freedivers Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari have been vying for world records. Their passion is driven by a desire to overtake the other and also push their own physical limits to the extreme. An uncompromising love of the sea unites these two rivals, yet their different personalities and opposing diving philosophies are what separate them. Pipin is the “no limits” man who wants to go deeper and deeper. Umberto, the purist, seeks harmony in the ocean’s depth. Prepare to join them on an unforgettable journey into a deep blue world of danger and stunning beauty through the use of breathtaking underwater photography, enchanting music and insightful animation.
In 1996, Francisco “Pipín” Ferreras, a native Cuban and a world champion in the dangerous and controversial sport of free diving, met Audrey Mestre, a beautiful French marine biology student. A passionate romance immediately bloomed between the two, and their love was bonded by a shared fascination with and devotion to the ocean. They soon became free diving’s power couple, testing the limits of their wills and bodies by descending to unthinkable depths.
Then, on October 12, 2002, in a dive off the coast of the Dominican Republic, tragedy struck: Audrey’s attempt to break the world record of 170 meters ended in her death. Now, for the first time, Pipín tells his story. He shares the heart-pounding adventure and fierce competition that fuel the sport of free diving and his own addiction to it. He addresses the controversy that has followed him throughout his career and that spun out of control after Audrey’s death. And he relates the haunting story of his relationship with Audrey — a unique and complicated tale of love and obsession taken to extreme depths.