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Martina Gedeck to Perform German Narration of Dolphins and Whales 3D

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Written by: 3D Entertainment Distribution Ltd.
Date: March 7, 2008

The European premiere of DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D will be held on March 10, 2008 at the Cinestar IMAX 3D-Kino im Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

  

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European premiere to take place this Monday at the Cinestar IMAX 3D Kino im Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in the presence of Martina Gedeck, film ambassador Jean-Michel Cousteau and filmmakers the Mantello Brothers

Santa Monica, Calif. and Berlin (Germany), March 7 / PRNewswire / -- Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers) and Jean-Michel Cousteau are pleased to announce that the German version of their new 3D film, DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean ("DELFINE UND WALE 3D – Nomaden der Meere" in German), will be narrated by actress Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others," "Elementary Particles," "The Good Shepherd").

"We are thrilled to have such a critically-acclaimed actress as Martina Gedeck lend her voice to the German narration of DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D," said Francois Mantello, the film's producer and chairman of 3D Entertainment. "Following Daryl Hannah as the film's English-language narrator, we could not have dreamt of a more inspiring personality in Germany to embrace the cause of ocean conservation and shed light on the urgent need to protect small and giant cetaceans. DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D marks the first time an IMAX® theatre film has ever been voiced by renowned actresses in two different languages."

Martina Gedeck said, "As soon as I first read the script I knew I had to be involved in this project. As an actress, DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D represented an ideal means of working with my voice to lend emotion to these unbelievable 3D images. But it was even more important for me personally to echo the terrible situation in which marine mammals currently find themselves. I am proud to be able to help cetaceans in my own humble way. When you watch this film in 3D, you cannot help but feel a direct connection with these marine mammals. We breathe the same air, we educate our young, we have similar social attitudes. Contrary to what most of us - including me until recently - seem to believe, cetaceans are not safe. That is why we all need to understand that these populations at at-risk today, weakened by uncontrolled human activities that led to the destruction of the underwater world and depletion of food resources."

The European premiere of DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D will be held on March 10, 2008 at the Cinestar IMAX 3D-Kino im Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, in the presence of Jean-Michel Cousteau, Martina Gedeck and the Mantello Brothers. The film will open to the public three days later, on March 13, in Germany at the IMAX 3D im Potsdamer Platz, IMAX am Cinecitt? Multiplexkino, Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim IMAX 3D Filmtheater, as well as at Cinemagnum 3D Kinos in Frankfurt, Dresden, Weimar and Wuerzburg and other select Digital 3D Cinemas across the country.

One of the most renowned and respected actresses in Germany, Martina Gedeck was born in Munich and spent her childhood in Landshut (Bavaria) and Berlin. After spending a year in the US and graduating from high school in Germany, she studied drama at the prestigious Max-Reinhardt-Seminar at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). She made her stage debut at Frankfurt's Theater am Turm, going on to perform at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Hamburger Kammerspiele, Kampnagel Hamburg and at the Schauspielhaus Basel in Switzerland. She has also starred in critically-acclaimed feature films including "Lives of Others" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Robert de Niro's "The Good Shepherd".

Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D immerses viewers in the daily lives of small and giant cetaceans as they interact socially, play, communicate, feed, breed, migrate and fight for their survival. It also delivers a powerful message in favor of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources. The film marks the first time that humpback whales, belugas, orcas, bottlenose dolphins and manatees have been filmed in 3D for the world's biggest screens.

Three years in the making, the film required no fewer than 12 international expeditions and 600 hours spent underwater at some of the remotest locations on Earth, including off the Pacific Ocean atolls of Moorea and Rurutu (French Polynesia), Vava'u Island (Kingdom of Tonga), Pico Island (Azores) and the Valdez Peninsula (Argentina). Unlike other IMAX(R)-type films, it was shot entirely in the wild and consists solely of underwater footage, with no humans on screen.

The film is produced and released by 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, Ocean Futures Society, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), PADI's Project Aware and Reef Check.

A high-resolution headshot of Martina Gedeck is available through PR Newswire, Newscom and 3DEpublicity.com The official film website is http://www.DOLPHINSandWHALES3D.com

About 3D Entertainment
3D Entertainment Ltd. is a fully-integrated independent company specializing in the production, distribution and marketing of unique and innovative underwater-themed 3D documentaries for IMAX(R) theatres and Digital 3D Cinemas worldwide. Our mission is to immerse audiences of all ages in unique 3D story-driven experiences that inspire and educate on the vital need to protect the oceans and their inhabitants. For more information, visit http://www.3DEfilms.com

About Martina Gedeck
Martina Gedeck's film career began while she was still at drama school, starring in Dominik Graf's TV movie "Die Beute" as well as in "Tiger, Löwe, Panther", which went on to become a box-office success. She then made a number of prominent guest appearances in various TV series before winning her first Bavarian Film Award for her portrayal of the title figure in Hölleisengretl by Jo Baier. Martina Gedeck has won a total of 15 cinema and TV awards in the course of her career, among them the Bavarian Television prize, German Film prize, Adolf Grimme prize, the Prize of German film critics, the Golden Camera and German Television prize. In 2003 she was named a member of the jury of the International Film Festival of Berlin. Martina Gedeck is a member of the German film academy and member of the German academy of performing arts.

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