Gunda is the protagonist of this gentle black-and-white documentary triptych. She takes care of her little ones, accompanies them on a journey of discovery and then takes a break to recharge her batteries. She tentatively approaches the camera. Does she know what her fate is? What might she be thinking? What does she think of us? Gunda is one of several hundred million pigs that inhabit the planet, alongside a billion cattle, represented in the film by two gracefully mooing cows, and over 20 billion chickens, exemplified here by a one-legged chicken stumbling its way through the world. Whether rooting through the mud, swatting away flies or searching for worms, they all are heroes. And film essayist Victor Kossakovsky is and remains adamant: after this film meat consumption is impossible. His indignation about the ignorance of humans in general and the degradation of these creatures in particular flows into his conceptually minimalist, but visually brilliant meditation. Gunda is an intimate portrait. An intervention in the form of a modest gesture. A film that ascribes majestic greatness to the underdogs. And makes us think. In the very least.
by Victor Kossakovsky Norway / USA 2020 Without dialogue 93’ Black/White Documentary form


Director Victor Kossakovsky
Screenplay Victor Kossakovsky, Ainara Vera
Cinematography Egil Håskjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky
Editing Victor Kossakovsky, Ainara Vera
Sound Design Alexandr Dudarev
Sound Alexandr Dudarev
Production Managers Recha Nia, Charlotte Hailstone
Producers Anita Rehoff Larsen, Joslyn Barnes
Executive Producers Joaquin Phoenix, Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Co-Executive Producer Regina K. Scully

Produced by

Sant & Usant Production

Louverture Films

Victor Kossakovsky

Born in the USSR in 1961, he began his career at the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio in 1978 as an assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor. In 1988, he graduated from the Higher Courses for Film Writers and Directors in Moscow. He has taken on the roles of writer, director, editor and cinematographer in many of his films. His international breakthrough, The Belovs, won the Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA in Amsterdam. Since then, his work has won numerous awards. His previous film, Aquarela, premiered at Venice in 2018.


1988 Losev 1992 Belovy (The Belovs) 1996 Sreda 19.07.1961 (Wednesday 19.07.1961) 1998 Pavel and Lyalya; short film 2000 I Loved You... 2002 Tishe! (Hush!) 2005 Svyato; short film 2011 Vivan las antipodas! 2013 Demonstration 2015 Varicella; short film 2018 Aquarela 2020 Gunda

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020