Leviathan (France/UK/USA, Castaing-Taylor and Paravel, 2012)
The film records the sounds and images of a commercial fishing boat off the coast of New Bedford, Massachussetts. Without a word of commentary, with virtually no audible dialogue, smothered under the unceasing roar of the machinery and the sea, the filmmakers shared the multiple lightweight cameras with the crew, capturing the intense sensorial experience of the work on the boat. Not only does the film withhold judgment on the activity of the boat and crew, but the filmmakers specifically wanted to allow no privileged status to the humans: “In typical cinema fiction or non-fiction humans occupy the pride of place. . . In our films I guess we always try to relativise the human and to make them be as, I think in reality we are, part of a much larger sphere of nature.” “visually ravishing, Leviathan is in every way sensational.”– J. Hoberman.
Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
PSC-CUNY Union Hall