Film artist Victor Kossakovsky pays tribute to water in all its forms with this documentary, filmed in such diverse locations as Greenland, Venezuela, Siberia's Lake Baikal and the middle of the Atlantic.
The latest ravishing visual feast from Victor Kossakovsky, Russia's most poetic formalist filmmaker at the moment, AQUARELA takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive.
Composed from footage shot with the latest high-tech stabilization equipment and waterproof cameras, and filming at a rate of 96 frames per second, this stream of hyper-high-definition images records glaciers, icebergs, mountainous waves, rushing waterfalls and so on to create a cinematic collage that verges on abstraction. The title, the Portuguese word for a watercolor painting, evokes the artist's technique that uses pigmented water, an apt allusion indeed.
In the supporting publicity materials for AQUARELA, Kossakovsky and others talk about water itself being the mutable, infinitely temperamental star, the real protagonist, the viewpoint through which the film's “story" is told. That actually does wash here, representing a credible way to parse the film that's not just art-speak waffle or PR puff. –