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Experiential cinema in its purest form, GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm's ambient soundtrack, director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix.

Digital conversation with Director Victor Kossakovsky; moderated by Eric Kohn, Executive Editor & Chief Critic at IndieWireClosed-captioned and ASL interpreted.

Event panelist bio

Victor Kossakovsky, Director

Victor Kossakovsky, an innovative documentary filmmaker, has had films honored with more than 100 awards in national and international festivals. His distinctive filmography spans many 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 in 1992 made his name 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. In 2011, Kossakovsky’s ¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! was the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. AQUARELA, his technologically groundbreaking and globe-spanning documentary on the shapes of water premiered in Venice in 2018 before being shortlisted for the Oscar® for Best Documentary.

Director(s): Victor Kossakovsky
Distributor: NEON
Producer(s): Anita Rehoff Larsen