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Leviathan - Official Trailer

This documentary takes place in the waters of Moby-Dick, its title referring to the great sea monster of the Bible, as well as to Herman Melville's novel. It follows a fishing vessel and its crew, but without spoken dialogue our regular characters. Instead, it presents a stream of sound and images, via numerous mini-cameras placed onto the boat and crew (and under the sea). Discarded fish waltzing across a floor, greedy diving seagulls, the roaring sea, the drone of the engine, gloved hands working frenetically, exhausted crew asleep in front of the TV – we are virtually sucked into the film. The perspective is often twisted, due to creative editing and camera angles.

LEVIATHAN is abstract audio-visual art, a meditation on the nature of existence, an enquiry into modern fishing industry and a tribute to its participants. Challenging and visually arresting, and a fascinating parallel to Melville's great white whale.

Orginal title: 
LEVIATHAN
Director: 
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and
Véréna Paravel
Screenplay: 
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Photography: 
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Run time: 
1 hour 27 min
Year: 
2012
Country: 
France,
UK and
USA
Producer: 
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Sales: 
The Cinema Guild
Director info: 

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel are scientists, filmmakers and artists. Both work at the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab. Their previous works have been screened at film festivals and art galleries, and are included in permanent collections of MoMa and The British Museum. LEVIATHAN is their first film together.

Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor are scientists, filmmakers and artists. Both work at the Harvard University Sensory Ethnography Lab. Their previous works have been screened at film festivals and art galleries, and are included in permanent collections of MoMa and The British Museum. LEVIATHAN is their first film together.