Screening of Leviathan (2012), directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor (United Kingdom) and Véréna Paravel, (Switzerland), 87mins. Selected by Hila Peleg (Israel/Germany), Curator, documenta14, and Founder and Artistic Director, Berlin Documentary Forum
Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts – at one time the whaling capital of the world as well as Melville’s inspiration for Moby Dick; it is today the country’s largest fishing port with over 500 ships sailing from its harbor every month.
Leviathan follows one such vessel, a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images, filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor ( Sweetgrass ) and Véréna Paravel ( Foreign Parts ) present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of the work, the sea, the machinery and the players, both human and marine.
Venue: NTU CCA Singapore, The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109443
When: 3 Aug 2016, 7.30pm - 9pm