Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

USA, France, United Kingdom, Documentary, 2012, 87 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, N-7

“Leviathan“ is a feature-length documentary about men at sea and fish on boats. Shot off the coast of the mythic city of Moby Dick, with eleven cameras swapping hands between the filmmakers and fishermen, in an effort to create a form of collective experimentation that gives free reign to the perspectives of both fishermen and their catch. The film seeks to capture the many ways in which human, animal, and machine; beauty and horror; and life and death all merge in uncanny ways in the world of contemporary commercial fishing.


2012 – special mention and FIPRESCI prize at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland).
2012 – New Vision Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Denmark).
2012 – Independent / Experimental Film and Video Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (USA).

About the directors:

Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists, who work at the sensory ethnography lab at Harvard University (USA). Their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the British Museum (UK), and has been screened at international Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto and Viennale film festivals.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Dir. of Photography: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel