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LEVIATHAN

Director: LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR, VERENA PARAVEL

87 minutes, France-U.K.-U.S.A., 2012, Colour, D-Cinema


This film opens on November 29th. Tickets are on sale now.

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The winner of the Michael Powell Award at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, Leviathan depicts life on board a battered old fishing trawler which is being tossed around on the treacherous Atlantic Ocean. Presenting images filmed on a number of cameras that have been positioned around the boat, the filmmakers confront the audience with crashing waves, pouring rain, cranking machinery, gutted fish and ravenous seagulls, along with occasional moments of calm below deck.

Without voiceover or narrative, this makes for visceral viewing, and a film that defies easy definition. It is factual filmmaking that doesn’t resemble conventional documentary, a piece of visual art that cannot be confined to gallery walls, while some reviewers have noted references to science fiction and horror films. The work of British filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor and his frequent collaborator Véréna Paravel, Leviathan promises a unique cinematic experience. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

IFI IRISH SHORT
These screenings will include Clare Langan’s extraordinarily beautiful IFB-funded short, State of Suspension, a meditation on loss in which a human figure and water defy the laws of gravity. 6 minutes, Ireland, 2012.

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