As Hot Docs is in full swing, we are delighted to be present this year thanks to the great collaboration we have been developing with our international partners, friends and colleagues:
Their film is having its world premiere today 29th of April at Hot Docs, the most important North American Festival and Market in our Creative Documentary industry. It’s part of the Special Presentations programme.
The film follows the case of three Norwegian teenage girls who are charged with drug trafficking. It exposes how gender, race and class affect the justice system’s decisions regarding the verdict on who is guilty or innocent.
Click in the link below for details about the screenings. Congratulations to our friends and colleagues Violeta and Dan. They have accomplished a great film, one that raises important issues on social justice. It’s a must see film for all.
Meanwhile, our Canadian co-production partners Bart Simpson and Lucie Tremblay are busy pitching two projects with which we are collaborating:
‘Brasilia: Life After Design’, a story about a city in conflict between its environment and its citizens. The film is directed by Bart Simpson- best known for his work on ‘The Corporation’ (2003) and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011).
‘Electric Malady’ (formerly known as ‘Scorching Burning Bitches) by talented Swedish artist and filmmaker Marie Liden. Having experienced herself the effects of Electrosensitivity (ES), filmmaker Marie explores the vulnerability of people suffering this condition in an age when more than ever we are exposed to the effects of electrical networks and with few places to escape them. The project is a documentary combined with a digitalinteractive experience that aims to demystify this increasingly common illness and to help provide answers as well as present the science behind it.
These projects have already attracted international attention within our international industry. We’ll keep you all updated on further development.
We wish all our friends and colleagues a happy Hot Docs!
We look forward to continue connecting and developing partnerships with talented and visionary international partners who feel as passionate as we do about producing high quality, creative and exciting documentary films.
“Water is H2O: hydrogen two parts, oxygen one. But there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is.”
– D.H. Lawrence
Sunday 22 March marks UN World Water Day – a day for water and water for sustainable development.
Coincidentally, on UN World Water Day, film director Victor Kossakovsky and his team will be at Lake Baikal to complete a new stage of research and development for our film AQUARELA.
The film is a special project that aims at reconnecting us with one of the most –if not the most – powerful substances on earth: water.
Water gives and takes away life. Life depends on it 100%, and that’s why visionary director Victor Kossakovsky wanted to develop this epic journey, at the heart of which is the majestic element of water.
Filming from an iceberg as it breaks from an ice sheet, melting as it traverses the sea, AQUARELA takes us into the perspective of water. In the film, we will experience the beauty of this essential life-giving element as well as its shattering power, and that’s why World Water Day is so important to us.
AQUARELA is a co-production with ma.ja.de, Louverture Films and Danish Documentary Production. Thanks to development support from Creative Scotland; Tribeca Film Institute; Sundance Film Institute and Eurimages.
What does World Water Day mean to you? Tweet us @aconitedocs using the official UN World Water Day hashtag #WaterIs and let us know.
February is a huge month for Aconite and for the film world. Here are some film related events we’re excited about this month.
Taking place in Berlin, Germany, the Berlinale is one of our must-visit events on the film festival circuit every year.
This year the festival is celebrating its 65th year and we will be hard at work visiting the European Film Market.
This week we will be continuing vital work on the production of our upcoming feature documentary AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky. We’re looking forward to spending time with him in Berlin along with our co-production partners.
Glasgow Film Festival
Back at home, the Glasgow Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday 18 February and runs til Sunday 1 March.
We love the GFF as it’s a chance for the film industry to come to us and we love attending screenings and taking the rare opportunity to watch some films rather than only focusing on production.
Black History Month
Aconite is a social enterprise and we love meeting people who have stories to tell. Black History Month is important to us as it creates an opportunity for new voices to be heard.
We’ll be following along with lots of activity and sharing stories on Twitter throughout Black History Month, so please join us there.
Selma is in UK cinemas now, and we recommend you check it out. Here are some more great suggestions for documentaries to watch this Black History Month to keep you going:
Black History Month: the best cinema to watch in February and beyond from The Guardian
What are your big plans for this February?