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SFFILM Festival

The Deepest Breath

Directed by Laura McGann

UK | 108

15 Apr
Sat, Apr 15 at 3:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Laura McGann


Italian Alessia Zecchini is one of the best freedivers in the world, engaging in a breathtaking and perilous sport in which incredible athletes dive without the aid of breathing apparatuses. Laura McGann’s immersive documentary profiles Zecchini, who was drawn to freediving from a very young age, alongside Stephen Keenan, a wandering soul who eventually becomes a safety diver, offering first aid to freedivers like Alessia. Over the course of the film, friends, family members, and experts on the sport all comment on the adventurous spirits of the pair while hypnotic footage of Zecchini’s dives submerges the viewer in a sensorial underworld that demonstrates the allure of such an extreme endeavor.

Director Laura McGann

Laura McGann is an Irish filmmaker who received her Masters from Liverpool Hope University. She was the shooting director on the Irish TV series Stop Search Seize (2015), about Irish Customs’ attempts to stop smuggling and she made her feature directorial debut with the Irish roller derby documentary Revolutions (2016).

Film Details

Language English, Italian

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 108

Country UK, Ireland

Director Laura McGann

Executive Producer Bart Layton, Ben Cotner, Emily Osborne

Producer John Battsek, Sarah Thomson, Jamie D’Alton, Anne McLoughlin

Editor Julian Hart

Cinematographer Tim Cragg

Music Nainita Desai

Closed Captions Yes, closed captions are available for this screening. Please let us know if you would like a device when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@SFFilm.org.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.