Aquarela

Aquarela

Aquarela

Premiering at Venice, Viktor Kossakovsky's documentary captures the power of water and gives a stern warning about climate change's effects.

"From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to the throes of Hurricane Irma in Miami to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character. Director Viktor Kossakovsky captures the element’s many personalities in startling cinematic clarity at 96 frames per second. A true experience in the movie theater, Kossakovsky's use of stunning imagery and sounds creates powerful moments of nature. Cars trapped under ice. Icebergs falling. Waterfalls towering above the clouds. An ocean rejecting its borders. Aquarela evokes complex emotions: the visceral images show the intensity of the many worlds of water, but the film is also incredibly beautiful. Alongside all this are the strange ways humans try to cope — with dire results captured on camera. This film is a warning." (Sundance Film Festival)

201890 minsUK, Germany, Denmark, USARussian, English and Spanish with English subtitles
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Viktor Kossakovsky ('¡Vivan las antípodas!', 'Belovy', 'Syvato')
Writer:
Viktor KossakovskyAimara Reques

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Reviews & comments

Hypnotic

More art form than a climate change 'heads-up' but still manages to instil a few scares on the power of water and the sea. Sparing use of heavy metal in place of narration was a highlight

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A feast of HD imagery so crisp as to be almost disorienting, this is immersive experiential cinema with no firm storytelling trajectory, though viewers can read what environmental warnings they may into its rushing spectacle.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An experience of shock and awe - as well as wonder - that all but Donald Trump should heed.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

One of the most frightening and persuasive movies I've ever seen about the destruction created by climate change.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive.

Variety

Variety

press

A feast of HD imagery so crisp as to be almost disorienting, this is immersive experiential cinema with no firm storytelling trajectory, though viewers can read what environmental warnings they may into its rushing spectacle.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

An experience of shock and awe - as well as wonder - that all but Donald Trump should heed.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

One of the most frightening and persuasive movies I've ever seen about the destruction created by climate change.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive.

Hypnotic

More art form than a climate change 'heads-up' but still manages to instil a few scares on the power of water and the sea. Sparing use of heavy metal in place of narration was a highlight

4.0