GUNDA

GUNDA

2020 (NORWAY) 93 minutes
Directed by: Victor Kossakovsky
Executive Producer: Joaquin Phoenix

In a remarkable feat of vérité filmmaking, documentarian Victor Kossakovsky gently immerses us in the life of a Norwegian farm through intimate, unspooling encounters with two clever cows, a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, and the majestic Gunda—the eponymous mother pig who has recently given birth to a rambunctious bunch of piglets. Shot in sharply textured black-and-white, and eschewing any dialogue or music, Kossakovsky chronicles their joy and their pain with great empathy and respect. GUNDA movingly recalibrates our moral universe, and reminds us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal beings. The work is a compassionate tale with its simplicity, wonder, and urgency.

Watch the trailer.