Masters of Dox


Victor Kossakovsky
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
27.02. / Wednesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2  
Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water.

Filmed at 96 frames-per second, 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.


Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky is a Russian documentary filmmaker, born 1961 in Leningrad. In 1978 he began working at the Leningrad Studio for Documentary Film as an assistant DoP, assistant director and editor. In 1988 he finished the College for Film Writers and Directors in Moscow. In many of his films, Kossakovsky plays the role of editor, cinematographer, writer and director. He started his own film production company in St. Petersburg, Kossakovsky Film Production, with the objective of creating a cinema of poetry and reality. ZagrebDox screened a retrospective of his films in 2013. Filmography: ¡Vivan las Antipodas! (2011), Svyato (2005), Hush! (2003), Russia from My Window (2003), I Loved You… (Three Romances) (2000), Pavel and Lyalya (1999), Wednesday 19.07.1961 (1997), Belovy (1994), The Other Day (1991).

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Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, USA
2018, 89'

Directed by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Screenplay by:
Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques

Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard

Edited by:
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera

Eicca Toppinen

Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær

Produced by:
Aconite Productions, Filmproduktion, Danish Documentary

Festivals & Awards:

El Gouna Film Festival 2018 – Golden Star Best Feature Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2019; IDFA 2018; Venice International Film Festival 2018; DOK Leipzig 2018; BFI London Film Festival 2018; Viennale 2018; Zurich Film Festival 2018