Dir: Victor Kossakovsky
93mins   2021   Normway, USA   Cert TBC   English   

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, 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 other-worldly perspective. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.

'The film is ultimately about bigger issues, to do with respect for the planet, but Kossakovsky has found a brilliant, emotional and daring way into those concerns' - Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald