Programmed by Daniela Persico
By embarking on a trawler to document one of mankind’s oldest endeavors, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylorn capture, in a stream of extraordinary images, the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen digital cameras – tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker, merging sea and sky – this documentary alerts us to the dangers of intensive fishing while also revealing the breathtakingly stunning beauty of the ocean’s depths.
Filmed aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Boston, Leviathan pushes the limits of the filmable: the two anthropologists and filmmakers describe the crushing and dehumanizing mechanism of the exploitation economy, starting from Hobbes theories and using a dozen Go-Pro cameras attached to fishing nets or dropped into the sea. Out of any anthropocentric coordinate, the viewer finds himself immersed in a panic, disorienting and totalizing experience, among streams of starfish, flocks of seagulls gliding on the surface of water and fish struggling in the nets. A work of extraordinary formal innovation and visual power, able to stress with every new shot the need for any ethnographic documentation project to focus its methodological concerns on how to film something unknown. A radical and innovative film, a milestone in contemporary cinema, which we will deal with for a long time.
programmer Locarno Film Festival