Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

GUNDA

Please note! The ticket sales for Gunda begin January 30th at 12pm and the film is then available to watch for 48 hours!

Gunda is the latest in a trilogy of nature films from Russian documentary auteur Victor Kossakovsky, whose 2018 film Aquarela (DocPoint 2019) broke technological barriers to examine water in various shapes around the world.

After viewing an early cut of Gunda, Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix was so moved by the film that he came on as an executive producer.

Jude Dry, IndieWire

 

The astonishing documentary Gunda offers another way of looking at animals. Sublimely beautiful and profoundly moving, it offers you the opportunity to look — at animals, yes, but also at qualities that are often subordinated in narratively driven movies, at textures, shapes and light. It’s outwardly simple: For most of its 93 minutes, the movie focuses on a sow and her piglets. In a short section we roam with chickens, including an impressively agile one-legged bird. In another, cows gallop into a misty field to graze, an interlude of pastoral dreaminess that invokes other representations — in novels and landscape paintings — yet is itself visually transfixing.

Gunda is a passion project of the Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, who wanted to make it for years. (Funding movies is always difficult; doing so for documentaries like this is heroic.) His approach was straightforward yet ingenious. Shooting in black-and-white digital, with no music, voice-over or onscreen text or people, he opens an intimate window onto the lives of animals. His star, as it were, is Gunda, a prodigious sow of uncertain age who, when the movie opens, has just given birth to a litter of a dozen or so piglets. Although there’s a tag fixed to her ear, the roomy enclosure suggests that they’re not being factory farmed — a relief.

Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Title: GUNDA
Language: No dialogue
Subtitles: No subtitles
Director: Viktor Kossakovsky
Production Country: Norway
Year: 2020
Length (min): 93
Age limit: K7
Cinematographer: Egil Haskjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky
Editing: Viktor Kossakovsky, Ainara Vera
Producer: Anita Rehoff, Joslyn Barnes
Production Company: Sant & Usant and Louverture Films