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Victor Kossakovsky
Aconite Productions (Aimara Reques), Film (Heino Deckert), Danish Documentary (Sigrid Dyekjær)
Running Time:
Russian, English, Spanish
Great Britain, Germany
Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Alexander Dudarev


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.

Director’s Statement

When I was four, I spent a summer in a village between Moscow and St. Petersburg at a river source. A man who lived there, Mikhail Belov, said to me, “If you made a little boat from wood chip and leaves, then put it in this river, it would float on the water to the North Sea and then around the world.” Years later I returned to that village to shoot my film, Belovy. I put my camera into a little boat and I made the journey from that village to the sea. In 2000, I stayed in a house on the Baltic Sea. The sea was different every day, hour and minute. Different colors, movements, energies… through the lens of water you would be able to experience all known human emotion. With Aquarela, I wanted to film every possible emotion experienced while interacting with water: beautiful and unsettling emotions – ecstasy and inspiration as well as destruction and human devastation.


MAIN CONTACT: Participant Media
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PRODUCTION 1: Aimara Reques - Aconite Productions
75 King Street, Burgh Business Centre (Office 3)
G73 1JS - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel. 44 141 258 4802

PRODUCTION 2: Heino Deckert - Film
Gottschedstr. 18
D-04109 - Leipzig, Germany
Tel. 49 171 5536901

PRODUCTION 3: Sigrid Dyekjær - Danish Documentary
Kvæsthusgade 5c, 1th
SAL 1251 - København, Denmark
Tel. 45 26162535

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Louverture Films, Rio Negro Producciones, Ánorâk Film, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, ARTE, Mitteldeutsche Medienfšrderung, Creative Scotland, BFI, Deutscher Filmfšrderfonds - DFFF, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Danish Film Institute, Cactus World Films, The Government of Greenland, Eurimages, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute

WORLD SALES: Lionsgate Entertainment
2700 Colorado Ave
CA 90404 - Santa Monica, USA

Julia Benaroya - Lionsgate
Claudia Tomassini - Claudia Tomassini & Associates

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