A new trailer for Verena Paravel’s and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Leviathan, a documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focuses on the commercial fishing industry.
NYTimes: In rough seas and frigid temperatures nearly 200 miles off the coast, perpetually wet and rarely sleeping more than two hours at a stretch, the filmmakers faced constant reminders that fishing has one of the highest mortality rates of any occupation. Mr. Castaing-Taylor was seasick much of the time; Ms. Paravel was so physically battered from the outings that twice she had to be taken to the emergency room upon returning. They made six trips in all, each one lasting up to two weeks.
“The film became a physical reaction to the experience of being out at sea,” Ms. Paravel said, speaking by Skype from Brittany. She added that the meaning of “Leviathan,” the title from the get-go, evolved as the film progressed. Originally an allusion to Melville, who used it to refer to great whales, and to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, for whom it symbolized the state (and who also argued that all thought originates in sensory experience), the word became most apt in its original biblical sense of a sea monster.
Melville remained a guiding spirit. “Moby-Dick,” which Ms. Paravel and Mr. Castaing-Taylor took turns reading to each other on the boat, also has a pronounced documentary aspect, as Ms. Paravel pointed out. “He has all these endless descriptions of all kinds of whales,” she said.