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Directed by Victor Kossakovsky

Norway | Documentary | 93

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Fri, Dec 4 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST

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On a farm in Norway is the beautiful sow, Gunda, first seen after she has just given birth to a litter of piglets. Over time, she tends to them as they gleefully thrive in harmony with their mother and surroundings. Without dialogue, with gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, and luscious sound design, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky (Aquarela, SFFILM Festival 2019) captures a tender portrait of animal life — pigs, cows, and chickens — that intimately showcases conscious, curious creatures. Gunda also features one of the year’s most profoundly moving finales.

Gunda may be a meditational slow-burn, but as it unfurls its immersive audiovisual tapestry it hovers between non-fiction observation and lyrical insight, and to that end feels like an advancement of the nature documentary form. At the same time, there is an air of activist intent lurking just outside the parameters of each scene, as it builds an argument against animal cruelty that transcends the boundaries of shrill polemics.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Director Victor Kossakovsky

Leningrad-based documentarian Victor Kossakovsky made his feature debut in 1992 with Belovy, the winner of two prizes at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. His other works include Pavel i Lyalya (1999), winner of a special jury prize at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival; Hush! (2003); Svyato (2005), recipient of a Libraries Award Mention at Cinéma du Réel; ¡Vivan las antipodas! (SFFILM Festival 2012), winner of a Cinematic Vision Award at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival; and Aquarela (SFFILM Festival 2019).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Runtime 93

Country Norway/USA

Director Victor Kossakovsky

Producer Anita Rehoff Larsen

Cinematographer Egil Håskjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky

Music Victor Kossakovsky