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GUNDA

Victor Kosakovskiy / Norway, United States / 2020 / 93 min / Danish Premiere
Life among the animals we eat, as seen from the camera lens of the ‘Aquarela’ filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky.

Every year, human beings slaughter about 70 billion livestock. In his latest film, the Russian master Viktor Kossakovsky lets the camera linger on one of these animals -the sow Gunda – and the other pigs, hens and cows in her company. There are no expert interviews in ‘Gunda’, which is just as far from the conventions of documentary filmmaking as the director’s spectacular climate hit ‘Aquarela’. But by letting us look at the behaviour of animals in dazzlingly beautiful black-and-white images, Kossakovsky lets us understand that there is both intelligence and emotions behind the snouts, beaks and muzzles.