One of 2012's most anticipated documentaries, Leviathan takes us deep into the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Winning wide acclaim for its innovative and unprecedented approach to documentary making, this film (from the director of Sweetgrass, 2009) offers an utterly immersive cinematic experience.
Aboard a hulking Atlantic Ocean fishing trawler off the New England coast, the cycle of violent encounters of men, fish, birds and machines is captured in brutal yet beautiful detail. Flinging the viewer from the murky depths of the waters that once inspired Moby Dick, to a bird's eye view high above the ship's deck, this work is pervaded by an unforgettably visceral stream of camerawork.
A rare insight into one of mankind's oldest endeavours, Leviathan is an astonishing sensory experience that looks set to make its mark on filmmaking history.
The film will be introduced by Professor Ian Christie
Part of The Rule-Breakers, a new 10 week series at Bertha DocHouse featuring films that have influenced and developed the art of documentary and which continue to inspire us today. To see the rest of the programme click here.
"Life on the boat is life on the edge, and Leviathan, finally, is cinema on the edge. It shows us a world, ours but unrecognizable, as we've never seen it before." - Slant Magazine
"Leviathan [...] delves into the thick of it, the camera merging with subjects living and dead, fashioning the natural world into the ultimate expressionistic accomplishment." - Indiewire
Best British Feature - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
Sevilla International Film Festival - Non-Fiction Eurodoc Award
Belfort International Film Festival - Grand Jury Award
CPH:DOX – New Vision Award
Locarno International Film Festival - Fipresci jury Award
Viennale - Standard Audience Award
New York Film Festival – Official Selection