Oscar shortlisted, and Berlin International Film Festival nominated Documentary Film, GUNDA, is debuting at select Australian cinemas on April 15.
As with Oscar nominated documentary, My Octopus Teacher, GUNDA truly is a must see for animal lovers and documentary film fans alike. GUNDA offers up a radically recalibrated moral universe where encounters with a mother sow, two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, remind us of the inherent value of life.
The beguiling and game-changing, black and white documentary film, has swiftly garnered positive reviews from top international critics and acclaimed filmmakers including Gus Van Sant, Amy Berg and Paul Thomas Anderson, to name a few. Anderson says, “Gunda is pure cinema. This is a film to take a bath in – it’s stripped to its essential elements without interference.”
Securing a 97% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, GUNDA has been described by The New York Times as, “sublimely beautiful and profoundly moving”. While executive Producer, Joaquin Phoenix, comments, “Gunda is a mesmerizing perspective on sentience within animal species, normally—and perhaps purposely—hidden from our view,” and that it’s “a film of profound importance and artistry.”
Visionary filmmaker, and director, Victor Kossakovsky, remarks, “With GUNDA I want people to see these animals as sentient beings and to encourage them to think about the possibility of their consciousness and selfhood. With that I feel that GUNDA is the most personal and important film I have made as a filmmaker and as a human being.”
GUNDA is playing in select cinemas nationally from April 15.