Dirs. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel. 2013, 87 mins. DCP. With Declan Conneely, Johnny Gatcombe, Adrian Guillette. Leviathan is one of the most acclaimed projects of the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL), an experimental laboratory at Harvard University that promotes innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography. A thrilling, immersive documentary, Leviathan is set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast—the very waters that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick—and captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in haunting yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird's-eye views, Leviathan is a purely visceral cinematic experience.
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