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Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel • 2012 • France, United States
Starring Captain Brian Jannelle, Adrian Guillette, Arthur Smith
This groundbreaking documentary is a bracingly vivid, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts-the country's largest fishing port and Herman Melville's inspiration for "Moby Dick"-LEVIATHAN follows a hulking groundfish trawler into the murky surrounding waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. Employing an arsenal of cameras passed freely from film crew to ship crew that swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird's-eye views in the sky, the film that emerges is a mesmerizing, cosmic portrait of one of mankind's oldest endeavors.