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The Nature of All Things: How “Gunda” Simply, Beautifully, Wordlessly Immerses the Viewer

“I have always wanted to make a film about the creatures with whom we share the earth, a film about animals as living, feeling beings in their own right.”

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Aquarela documentarian Victor Kossakovsky’s new film is a wordless, black-and-white study of farm animals, Gunda. “I have always wanted to make a film about the creatures with whom we share the earth, a film about animals as living, feeling beings in their own right,” he says.

“The thought of a documentary crew even being there quickly disappears,” explains Stephen Saito,  Yet the film’s simplicity, capturing life on farm where [a pig named] Gunda shares space with a host of cattle and a handful of roosters, is clearly the result of remarkable technical sophistication on the part of Kossakovsky, who previously made climate change tangible by making every crack in the ice shelf feel like the sound of a dagger sinking in Aquarela and finds the soul in every living creature that graces the screen in his latest by immersing audiences so thoroughly in their experience of the world.” To read the full article, click here.

 

“I wanted to make a film without patronizing or humanizing them, without any sentimentality,” continues  Kossakovsky, who wrote, directed and edited the documentary.

“I decided to make this film without any captions, voiceover, or music — you just need to watch it and allow yourself to feel.”

Gunda is pure cinema,” director Paul Thomas Anderson says in article by Zack Sharf. “This is a film to take a bath in—it’s stripped to its essential elements, without any interference. It’s what we should all aspire to as filmmakers and audiences—pictures and sound put together to tell a powerful and profound story without rush. It’s jaw dropping images and sound put together with the best ensemble cast and you have something more like a potion than a movie.” To read the full article, click here.

Read more: Trailer Drops for Kossakovsky’s Gunda Ahead of Berlinale World Premiere

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