Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela has spectacular photo footage which is fuelled with a score composed by Eicca Toppinen.

Large glaciers are melting at a growing pace, the sea level is rising and hurricanes take over our streets. The consequences of climate change are being addressed in Aquarela, even though it is not exactly a film about the approaching disaster.

Aquarela takes the viewer from Lake Baikal in Siberia to Angel Falls in Venezuela. People are powerless in the face of natural forces regardless of time and place.

The camera dives underwater and a translucent light captures the eye. In a moment, the waves come surging toward the camera so that you can almost feel the drops. The filmmakers have come breathtakingly close to their main character, water.

Incredibly sharp images are the result of state-of-the-art technology and waterproof cameras. The camera angles bring the viewer into the midst of events and provide the necessary perspective. At times, it is difficult to believe this is a documentary instead of a computer animation.

The impressive images are supported by a roaring soundtrack composed by Eicca Toppinen of Apocalyptica. In an interview for The 730 Review, Kossakovsky said that his crew kept thinking about heavy metal during the shooting, and this is why he wanted Toppinen to join the production. Toppinen got excited about the project immediately. No wonder his edgy music rocks to the beat of the sea and adds a new dimension to the moving images.

Aquarela is an experience. And it is worth catching on the big screen.

Tanja Ryhänen / Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta

Language: English, Russian, Spanish
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Country: Denmark, Germany, UK
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 89 min
  • Age limit: null
  • Cinematography: Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
  • Editing: Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
  • Music: Eicca Toppinen
  • Production: Filmproduktions -GmbH, Aconite Productions Ltd., Danish Documentary Production, Ánorâk Film


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