Deutsche Version

Leviathan

Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor    → show biography   
Director: Véréna Paravel    → show biography   
Country: USA, France, Great Britain
Year: 2013
Synopsis: “Humanity is haunted by the sea… It is a threshold that mediates between life and death, upper and lower, the aereal and the aqueous… It is infinitely beautiful, yet disquietingly deep." –Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel Canst Thou Draw Out Leviathan with a Hook? is a project that stems from a year spent at sea filming with industrial fishermen from New England. In portraying the labor of fishing, it participates in a longstanding history of transforming fisherfolk into images, one that goes back to the beginnings of photography. Yet it resists both the romanticism and the anthropocentrism of this tradition, striving instead for a less sentimental relationship between the human and the pelagic, and to afford equal aesthetic attention and ontological weight to the human, the ecological, and the industrial. In the waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras – tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker – it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
Forum participation year: 2013
Forum catalogue PDF: Download
Tags: Documentary

Technical Attributes

Format: Blu-ray
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Running time (minutes): 85
Color: color
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Projection format: 16:9
Frames per second: 24
Number of reels: 1