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Documentary Special Presentation

Aquarela

‘Aquarela’ means watercolour in English, but that is too delicate a word to describe this stunning, sensory cinematic experience by Russian master Victor Kossakovsky.

Dir Victor Kossakovsky
Prod Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
UK-Germany
2018
89min
Sales Lionsgate
Subtitles

Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky’s film travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal and Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls in order to paint a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms. Fragile humans experience life and death, joy and despair in the face of its power. They’re depicted trying to cope with the massive environment around them. Kossakovsky creates a cinema of breathtaking visual poetry, generating emotion through minimal dialogue and attention to the tiniest details: cars are devoured by the sea; silver air bubbles flow across submerged ice like liquid mercury; massive icebergs breach and blow like whales. Accompanied by a haunting soundtrack and soundscape, Aquarela is a hypnotic, mesmerising experience. This is a thrill-ride for lovers of nature and epic rock folk operas alike. Kossakovsky’s film is guaranteed to astonish and impress.

Christine Bardsley


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