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Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Here is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, water is Aquarela’s main character, the film capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity. „I wanted to film every possible emotion that can be experienced while interacting with water – beautiful emotions, along with unsettling emotions of ecstasy and inspiration, as well as destruction and human devastation.” (director Victor Kossakovsky)
Victor Kossakovski • Germany • 2018 • 89′
Now 87 and battling illness, Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Werner Herzog tackles Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc.
Werner Herzog, André Singer • UK • 2018 • 90′
Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to become a photojournalist, she found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life to tell the narrative of the community she loved forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.
Kim Longinotto • Ireland • 2019 • 94′