Award-winning director Viktor Kossakovsky films the primal power of water in a incredible way as a natural element that seems to take revenge on mankind as we are slowly but surely destroying the earth. Immense ice caps crumble and turn into tumbling waterfalls and devastating waves. A visually stunning prayer for forgiveness.
"How the hell did they film that?" It is a question that pops up regularly when looking at the impressive images of Aquarela. Russian director Kossakovsky used the latest high-tech stabilization equipment and filmed with waterproof HD cameras at 96 frames per second, resulting in an overwhelming cinematography. Water is the protagonist in Aquarela, but not so much in its gentle, life-giving form. Kossakovsky shows the raw energy of this force of nature, in all its glory and immeasurable power making people seem very fragile in comparison. When immense chunks of ice break off and float away, the wonder of this majestic element of nature gradually turns into a disturbing feeling. The melting icebergs leave behind a trace of devastation and tragic events; from Lake Baikal in Siberia, through gigantic waterfalls of Venezuela to tornado-infested California.
Directed by Viktor Kossakovsky
Denemarken, Duitsland, VK, VS
2018 89 min.
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