LEVIATHAN

Director Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
Year 2012
Starring Declan Conneely, Johnny Gatcombe, Adrian Guillette, Brian Jannelle, and Clyde Lee.
Run Time 87min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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"LEVIATHAN offers not information but immersion: 90 minutes of wind, water, grinding machinery and piscine agony." - A.O. SCOTT, The New York Times

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 Castaing-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 in the sky, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it breaks new ground in both cinema and anthropology, while presenting a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors. (Cinema Guild)

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