Sony Pictures Classics Takes Documentary 'Aquarela' for North and Latin America

Aquarela Still 1 - Venice Film Festival -Publicity-H 2018
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The company will also release the film, from Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Scandinavia.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the experimental documentary Aquarela, by Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, for North America, including the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand, India, Latin America, South Africa and Scandinavia.

A British, German and Danish co-production, Aquarela had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month.

"The latest ravishing visual feast from Victor Kossakovsky, Russia’s most poetic formalist filmmaker at the moment, Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive," THR wrote in its review, dubbing the film "a cinematic collage that verges on abstraction."

Focused on the theme of water, Aquarela was shot with stabilization equipment and waterproof cameras, at a rate of 96 frames per second. It was filmed at numerous locations across the globe, featuring, among other things, glaciers, icebergs and rushing waterfalls.

"For me, Aquarela is a very personal story that embodies all existing emotions, from joy and ecstasy to angst and awe," Kossakovsky said. "I'm very glad to have the opportunity to collaborate with Sony Pictures. This company has a substantial experience of working with films that not only provoke thought but are also incredibly inspiring."

Sony Pictures Classics plans to release the film in 2019.