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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, Master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with magical patience and an otherworldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.
“Gunda is a mesmerizing perspective on sentience within animal species, normally – and perhaps purposely – hidden from our view. Displays of pride and reverence, amusement and bliss at a pig’s inquisitive young; her panic, despair, and utter defeat in the face of cruel trickery, are validations of just how similarly all species react and cope with events in our respective lives. Victor Kossakovsky has crafted a visceral meditation on existence that transcends the normal barriers that separate species. It is a film of profound importance and artistry.” – Joaquin Phoenix, Executive Producer
"This is a film to take a bath in - stripped to its essential elements, without any interference.
It's what we should all aspire to as filmmakers and audiences - pictures and sound put together to tell a powerful and profound story without rush.
It's jaw-dropping images and sound put together with the best ensemble cast and you have something more like a potion than a movie."
- Paul Thomas Anderson
"A landmark film from a bracingly original filmmaker." Hollywood Reporter
"A mesmerising achievement." IndieWire
"A soul-stirring meditation." Hollywood Reporter
"Extraordinary." The New York Times
Documentary Director Victor Kossakovsky on Surprise Hit "Gunda" | Berlinale Talents 2020 - Click here.
Victor Kossakovsky on Gunda, Respecting Nature, and Filmmaking Ethics | NYFF58. Click here.
Winner: Best Documentary, Stockholm Film Festival 2020