Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN’S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing vessel, mounted them to boards, fixtures, and sometimes the crewmembers themselves, then cut the resulting footage into a non-narrative film that’s beautiful, mysterious, disorienting, and somehow revelatory. We got to sit down with Taylor to discuss the motivations behind the project, the complexities of production, and the value of capturing reality through the insights of art. Click on the player to hear the show.

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