Masters of Dox


Victor Kossakovsky
Screening time  
14.06. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Ticket
18.06. / Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 Ticket

Where his prior film, the acclaimed epic Aquarela, was a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on earth, in Gunda, master filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals. Through encounters with a mother sow – the eponymous Gunda, two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kossakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.


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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USA, Norway
2020, 93'

Directed by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Screenplay by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Egil Håskjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky

Edited by:
Victor Kossakovsky

Anita Rehoff

Produced by:
Sant & Usant, Louverture Films

Festivals & Awards:

Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2021 – Cinema Eye Honors Award     
Sofia International Film Festival 2021 – Special Mention Best Documentary
Stockholm Film Festival 2020 – Bronze Horse Best Documentary
Dublin International Film Festival 2021 – Dublin Film Critics Award Best Cinematography
Rusko udruženje filmskih kritičara 2021 – Russian Guild of Film Critics 2021 – White Elephant Best Documentary
Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Bergen International Film Festival 2020
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival 2020
Satellite Awards 2021 – Nominee
European Film Awards 2020 – Nominee
International Documentary Association 2021 – Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers 2021 – Nominee


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