Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at 96 frames-persecond, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling visual detail.

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Victor Kossakovsky



Director: Victor Kossakovsky
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Mark Thomas, Isabel Davis, Sawsan Asfari, Maya Sanbar, Madge Bray, Matthias Ehrenberg, Frank Lehmann
Producer: Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
Screenwriter: Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques
Cinematographer: Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Editor: Victor Kossakovsky, Mally Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Sound Designer: Alexander Dudarev
Music: Eicca Toppinen


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Format: Documentary Feature
Country: {Greenland,Mexico,Russia,"United States"}
Language: Russian, English, Spanish
Runtime: 90:00 mins