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Gunda

Documentary looks at the daily life of a pig and its farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken.
(G, 93 min.)

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Friday, June 4, 2021

(TBD)

Experiential cinema in its purest form, GUNDA chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm's ambient soundtrack, Master director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an otherworldly perspective. GUNDA asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it. Executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix. [Neon]

Director: Viktor Kosakovskiy
Genre: Documentary

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"An improbably beautiful work of barnyard art."

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"Gunda is a soul-stirring meditation on some of our most underappreciated fellow earthlings. For many viewers, it could well be life-changing too."

— Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

"You don’t have to be an animal lover to appreciate the craft and the genuine poetic vision of a film which, though strictly unsentimental, is intensely moving, transfixing and quite genuinely unique."

— Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

"Sublimely beautiful and profoundly moving, it offers you the opportunity to look — at animals, yes, but also at qualities that are often subordinated in narratively driven movies, at textures, shapes and light."

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Its radiantly beautiful imagery and gently immersive storytelling aren’t in service of a single browbeating message, but a broader, holistic view of where we and the animals we rear, use and consume fit into a single circle of life."

— Guy Lodge, Variety

"Gunda may be a meditational slow-burn, but as it unfurls its immersive audiovisual tapestry it hovers between non-fiction observation and lyrical insight, and to that end feels like an advancement of the nature documentary form."

— Eric Kohn, IndieWire