• 2012
  • France / UK / US
  • 1h 27min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Verena Paravel
  • UK release: 29 November 2013

Sometimes abstract documentary shot in the North Atlantic about the travails of the fishing industry.

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A film that looks and sounds like nothing you have ever experienced.

This stunning documentary immerses the audience in the sights and sounds of a voyage of a battered old Atlantic Ocean fishing trawler, detailing the cycle of violent encounters of men, fish, birds, and machines. At times hallucinatory and disorienting, at times gorgeous and abstract, the film will leave no viewer unafffected. An astonishing sensory experience.

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Reviews & features

Interview: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, directors of Leviathan

18 Nov 2013

'We wanted the sound to be as immersive and intense, as acoustically untamed as the image'

These two anthropologists and filmmakers won the Michael Powell Award for their bold documentary Leviathan at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. Set on a trawler in the seas off the New England coast it’s a memorable immersion into the fishing…


5 Nov 20135 stars

Remarkable, thought-provoking documentary filmed on fishing trawler off New England coast

Anthropologists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel have created a remarkable cinematic experience in Leviathan, a documentary shot in one night on a fishing trawler off the New England coast.

Autumn film preview 2013: Top 5 new documentaries

30 Aug 2013

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