DocsBarcelona 2019 will open with Aquarela, the latest film from Victor Kossakovsky

DOCSBARCELONA will open its 22nd edition on May 15th with Aquarela, a transformative voyage through the beauty and omnipotent strength of water signed by the great filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, who will accompany us on the opening night of the festival at the Cinemas Aribau Multicines.



UK, Germany, Denmark and US. 2018. 98’

What would a film be like if its main character was not human or animal, but an element of nature? Victor Kossakovsky builds an epic journey through the transforming beauty and omnipotent power of water, and reminds us that humans are insignificant in the face of the volatile will of Earth’s most precious element..




The technical virtuosity of Aquarela achieves immersive cinematic experience: without apparent narrative structure and with a rhythm of a stunning soundtrack, the film is a song homage to the creative power of water but also, a warning to its destructive capacity due to climate change.




The Russian filmmaker returns to DocsBarcelona seven years after premiering and presenting ¡Vivan las antípodas! (2012) and will offer the next day, on Thursday 16th of May at 7pm, a masterclass at the CCCB Theater.


Victor Kossakovsky is an innovative documentary filmmaker whose films have been honored with more than 100 awards at national and international festivals. His distinctive filmography ranges widely in subject matter but always explores the interplay between reality and poetic moments. He began his career in motion pictures at the Leningrad Studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor at 1978. He studied screenwriting and directing at Moscow HCSF 1986-1988. In 1989 he directed his first feature Losev and in 1992 his most famous documentary The Belovs, which won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA and dozens of other awards at international festivals around the world. In 2011, Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! was selected as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. In many of his films, like Aquarela, Kossakovsky has worked simultaneously as director, editor, cinematographer and writer. He continues to work as a teacher and mentor of aspiring filmmakers and documentary makers globally.


Save the dates of the 22nd edition of DocsBarcelona from May 15 to 25, 2019.

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