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If vegans (like acclaimed Russian documentarist Victor Kossakovsky, director of Aquarela) ran the world, this is what the lives of pigs, cows, and chickens would look like. Gunda the sow gives birth to a large litter, and the camera follows the piglets continuously, at eye level. The piglets explore the world, first staying near mama Gunda, then slowly daring to stray farther and meeting other farm animals. In the barn (thoroughly wired with cameras), in the yard, and out in the fields, the animal encounters are shown with neither music nor commentary—because none are needed. Kossakovsky focuses the entirety of our attention on the big-bellied sow and her squealing little ones, all of them incredibly charismatic and incredibly human. After watching this film, it is impossible to look at animals with anything other than love and tenderness.

With the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tel Aviv.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale, NYFF

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 18:30 | Cinematheque 1
  • Wed 07.07 | 14:45 | Cinematheque 3
  • Sat 10.07 | 12:15 | Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky moderated by Dr. Shmullik Duvdevani
  • Sat 10.07 | 12:15 | Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky moderated by Dr. Shmullik Duvdevani
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Victor Kossakovsky was born in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad at the time) 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, among other honors.
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.

Production: Anita Rehoff Larsen
Production Company: Sant & Usant, Louverture Films
Script: Victor Kossakovsky, Ainara Vera
Cinematography: Egil Håskjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky
Sound Design: Alexander Dudarev


Supporters & Broadcasters: Royal Norwegian Embassy