Norway, USA 2020
directed by: Viktor Kossakovsky
A masterful film by one of the most important documentarians in the world. Premiered at the Berlin Festival and the New York Festival. The film that was made for the big cinema screen!
Gunda is a story told in images exclusively created in an extraordinary visual style. The black-and-white photography that evokes the best classical films woven into the series of magical scenes takes us into the world of beautiful, large and small entities in areas ruled by the rhythms of nature. Specially inspired by his own childhood memories, the author Viktor Kossakovsky recorded this visual poem with the idea of directing our attention to the irresistible beauty of beings that together with man make up the precious living world of our planet. Beings capable of making us infinitely happy, but that are often neglected and are suffering because of us and from us. A superb work of art, in the creation of which the celebrated Joaquin Phoenix, as an executive producer, helped with his commitment.
A great cinema holiday, a great visual praise of Nature!
Victor Kossakovsky was born in Leningrad in USSR, now Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 19, 1961. An innovative documentary filmmaker, his films have been honored with more than 100 awards in national and international festivals. His distinctive filmography spans many different subjects but always explores the interplay of reality and poetic moments.
He began his career in motion pictures at the Leningrad Studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor in 1978. He studied screenwriting and directing at Moscow HCSF from 1986-1988. In 1989 he directed his first feature LOSEV and then in 1992 made his name with international critics and audiences with his documentary THE BELOVS, which won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA and dozens of other awards at international festivals around the world. In 2011, Kossakovsky’s !VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! was selected as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. AQUARELA, his technologically groundbreaking and globe-spanning documentary on the shapes of water also premiered in Venice in 2018 before being shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary.
In many of his films Kossakovsky has served simultaneously as director, editor, cinematographer and writer. Currently based in Berlin, he continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to aspiring filmmakers and documentarians globally.