Miami Beach Cinematheque presents Leviathan

Documentary by Lucien Castiang-Taylor and Verena Paravel/France/UK/2013
From April 19 through 21, 2013.

Leviathan is a groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of Massachusetts – at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for ‘Moby Dick’. Leviathan follows one vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor, filmmakers Lucien Castiang-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, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before.

Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors. Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine.


Friday, Apr 19, 7 pm
Friday, Apr 19, 8:45 pm
Saturday, Apr 20, 8:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 21, 7 pm
Sunday, Apr 21, 8:45 pm

Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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