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in the very waters where melville’s pequod gave chase to moby dick, leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. shot on a dozen cameras – tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker – it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.
“looks and sounds like no other documentary in memory…
filmmaking at its most visceral and immersive…
likely to be one of the most talked-about art films of the year.”
– dennis lim, the new york times
“the best horror film of the year. majestically complex.”
— chris chang, film comment
“a watery knockout. leviathan explodes the antiquated paradigm of the documentary or ethnographic film.”
– melissa anderson, village voice
“visceral and intense. captures a world in a way no one has before.”
– steve dollar, wall street journal
“a nonfiction game-changer. a staggering thrill-ride of an experience.”
– robert greene, filmmaker magazine
“a gorgeous, atmospheric documentary.”
– david fear, time out ny
“visually ravishing. leviathan is in every way sensational.”
– j. hoberman, artinfo
“mindblowing. some of the most astonishing footage ever captured.”
– mike d’angelo, la weekly
“you ain’t never seen a documentary like this.”
– erica abeel, huffington post
“a roiling documentary of aleatory expressionism. fierce splashing and shocking submersion.
conveys the primal terror that coexists with painterly marvels.”
— richard brody, new yorker
Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel.
Opened across Quebec in April 2013 by EyeSteelFilm Distribution.