Steel yourself for ‘Leviathan,’ a watery knockout...End of days or the beginning of new ways of seeing?



A groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts – at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick; it is today the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month.

Leviathan follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images,filmmakers Lucien Castiang-Taylor (Sweetgrass) and Verena Paravel (Foreign Parts) present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery
and the players, both human and marine.

Employing an arsenal of cameras that passed freely from film crew to ship crew; that swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.

Awards and Nominations
Sevilla International Film Festival - Non-Fiction Eurodoc Award
Belfort International Film Festival - Grand Jury Award
Belfort International Film Festival - one + one Award
Belfort International Film Festival - Documentaire sur grand écran Award
CPH:DOX - new:vision award
RIDM Montreal - Best Cinematography and Best Sound in an International Feature
Locarno International Film Festival -fipresci jury award
Milan International Film Festival -la giuria giovani
Milan International Film Festival - giuria audiodoc
Viennale - Standard Audience Award
2012 L.A. Film Critics Circle - Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Award
New York Film Festival – Official Selection
Locarno International Film Festival – World Premiere
Not Rated
Véréna Paravel
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Rather than tell aconventional story about commercial fishing, Leviathan plunges us into the sights and sounds of this visceral business: from the clank of mechanical winders to the thud of netted fish on the deck, from the slashing and ripping of blades upon silver flesh to the piercing cries of ...

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