Already with a cult status, and one of cinema history's finest and most daring documentaries. Leviathan takes you on a roller coaster journey, experiencing the cacophonic craziness of commercial fishing, as experienced from even the fishes point of view.
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Title: Leviathan Director: Verena Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor Country: France Year: 2017 Duration: 87 min Producers: Verena Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor

SPECIAL SCREENING: 16th of October (3 PM) - Introduction by special guest! (TBA)

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel have created an experimental documentary with audacity and brilliance, a film that could as well be shown on a wall at Tate Modern as on a cinema screen. It is about the experience of working aboard a fishing trawler on dark, grim and dangerous waters, filmed in the North Atlantic. Using a range of tiny cameras that can be passed from hand to hand, or fixed to objects or clothing, the film gives us unexpected views from unexpected angles: we can see what the humans see – and get the freaky, hallucinatory sense that we are also seeing what the fish sees, what the gulls see, even what the ship sees. The directors have been widely recognized for their otherworldly films, also represented at this years MIRAGE through De Humani Corporis Fabrica, they stem from the wonderful ‘Sensory Ethnography Lab’ at Harvard’s Film Study Center, an undertaking whose name succinctly summarizes its aim. The idea is not to just show, tell or inform you about a way of life, but to make you experience how that way of life might feel.

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Few filmmakers in recent years have managed to combine formal innovation with a programmatic stance toward filmmaking quite like Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. In the process of reinventing the relationship between their two fields of inquiry, anthropology and cinema, they have established an experimental laboratory and school at Harvard University, the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

Verena Paravel she is an anthropologist, artist and a filmmaker  Her work is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and has been exhibited at the Tate, the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, documenta 14 and elsewhere. Her award-winning films and videos have been exhibited at Berlin, Locarno, New York, Toronto, Venice and various other film festivals.                                                                                                            

Castaing-Taylor received his B.A. at Cambridge University and his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley under Paul Rabinow. Since 2002 Castaing-Taylor has taught at Harvard University, where he is Director of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

"Thinking about how modern medicine has used the tools of cinema to develop its own powers of seeing, we wanted to try to do the opposite, to borrow the tools of medicine for cinema, to allow us to see the human body in a way almost none of us ever get to see"


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