May 24, 2013

directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, 2012

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We’re cast right into the clanging of metal and the harsh winds of the North Atlantic. Though ostensibly advertised as an immersive look into the commercial fishing industry, our viewing lens is at first murky and dim. This sort of visceral thrust is at once foreign and familiar, a transporting non-linear journey keen on the laborious modes of living at sea. Though our location and proximity are known, this particular wordless Maritime milieu couldn’t be any more obscure. This is Leviathan, a new experimental documentary from filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel. The former last made 2009’s Sweetgrass, a documentary that followed modern-day shepherds as they lead their flocks of sheep into the mountains of Montana. This time, the summer pastures of Sweetgrass are substituted with the unforgiving waters that man boldly traverses.

Read full review at Sound on Sight


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