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Aquarela is a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to the throes of Hurricane Irma in Miami to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character. Director Viktor Kossakovsky captures the element’s many personalities in startling cinematic clarity at 96 frames per second.

A true experience in the movie theater, Kossakovsky's use of stunning imagery and sounds creates powerful moments of nature. Cars trapped under ice. Icebergs falling. Waterfalls towering above the clouds. An ocean rejecting its borders. Aquarela evokes complex emotions: the visceral images show the intensity of the many worlds of water, but the film is also incredibly beautiful. Alongside all this are the strange ways humans try to cope—with dire results captured on camera. This film is a warning.

Closed Captioned (CC) features available for this film.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY New Frontier Films & Performances

COUNTRY United Kingdom/Germany

RUN TIME 90 min

LANGUAGE English and Russian/Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles


Directors Of Photography

Artist Bio

Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky is an innovative documentary filmmaker whose films have been honored with more than one hundred awards in national and international festivals. His distinctive filmography spans many different subjects but always explores the interplay of reality and poetic moments. In many of his films, as with Aquarela, Kossakovsky has served simultaneously as director, editor, cinematographer, and writer. He continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to aspiring filmmakers and documentarians globally.