Watch: New England Fishing Doc 'Leviathan' Gets a Powerful Trailer

February 7, 2013
Source: Apple

Leviathan Trailer

"Mind-blowing." Cinema Guild has released a trailer for what is being called one of the "most anticipated" documentaries this year, called Leviathan, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, of the docs Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts. It's set aboard a "hulking fishing vessel" hailing from New England, chronicling the commercial fishing world with some of the most raw visuals you'll see. THR's fest review describes it as "a wordless montage of footage filmed on small digital cameras from every dark corner of the boat." This is a fitting trailer for such an interesting and experimental doc, which may just be worth seeing.

Watch the official trailer for Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel's doc Leviathan, from Apple:

Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast—the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick—the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird's-eye views, Leviathan is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience. Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel, of the docs Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts previously. After premiering at a number of film festivals worldwide in 2012, Cinema Guild will open Leviathan in theaters on March 1st.

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  • ff
    There will be no fish left in the ocean in 2050...
    • What an achievement! Humans rule! Doubt there will be any tigers by then either.
  • Thexn
    That was about as riveting as watching paint dry.
  • seward
    ... read that as 'fisting'. I honestly don't know whether I'm disappointed or relieved.
    • Thexn
      After watching that, I'd go with disappointed.
  • Jeff Metzger
    Filmed on a GoPro? Looks and sounds like it. I can't say that I'd want to watch an hour and half of this but I liked the way the first 30 seconds of the trailer was shot. It really needed a strong voice over though to tone down the constant muffled water sound from the water proof housing.
  • emagsamurai
    Well, I can't get that 2 minutes of my life back
  • I dug that. Fishing like that is pretty hardcore. A lot of death.
  • Tester
    Wait, did U guys use the right trailer ? Cuz this trailer matches none of the words used in this post. As far as the subject, I have 0 interest in the men/boats used to catch fish, but much more interested in the impact such actions are having on our world ( see The Cove ) given that I am a huge sea food eater
  • Wafffles
    I would be less critical of this movie if not for the fact that having no words is an arbitrary, illogical, unnecessary decision detracting from the film. Why not film it in black and white, too? Or on one of those cameras that you have to wind while you're filming?! I get it, fishing is one of those 'raw' professions that drips with meaning and emotion. It can tell a story without saying a word. And that's fine...for a few minutes at a time. What it can't tell without words is statistics, facts, figures, back stories, history, projections for the future, or any of the more complex human thoughts. Poor decision that will make a film with very niche interest into a film that attracts even fewer paying viewers.
  • Godstrike
    Really?!! I'll be giving this one a wide berth......
  • Numeta
    I was honestly hoping this would turn into a found footage cloverfield type movie where Godzilla or Cthulu , or just some massive whale comes from nowhere and just kills everyone on the ship




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