“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?
2015 has only just begun, but things are already going well for the new year!
We have a few exciting announcements for you today – read on.
Sundance Institute Supports AQUARELA
We are delighted to announce that Aconite project AQUARELA, directed by Victor Kossakovsky, is a recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Fall 2014 Grant.
AQUARELA is one of twenty-three independent documentary films to be selected for Sundance Institute support in Fall 2014. Filmmakers were chosen from 881 applications received worldwide from filmmakers working in 111 unique countries of origin and, as Sundance writes, “films selected demonstrate a vital range of relevance to contemporary cultures combined with strong storytelling tendencies and distinctive artistic expression.”
We are honoured to have won and to be in such great company and are looking forward to developing the project throughout 2015.
Scorching Burning Bitches filming in Sweden
Marie Liden- the director of our new production Scorching Burning Bitches- is travelling with her crew to Sweden in February to start shooting one of the sequences for this important project.
Having experienced herself the effects of Electrosensitivity (ES), 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.
Everybody’s Child at Beeld Voor Beeld
Everybody’s Child has been selected to screen at Beeld Voor Beeld Film Festival in the Netherlands.
The documentary film festival takes place from 11 to 15 February and its programme is filled with great factual films that are concerned with cultural diversity.
Learn more about the festival on the Beeld Voor Beeld website.
The Aconite Team will be visiting this year’s Berlinale, taking place in Berlin from 5 to 15 February this year.
If you’d like to set up a meeting with us during the festival, please get in touch.
The Aconite team wishes all of our blog readers a very Happy New Year!
2014 is drawing to a close and we are taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the wonderful year it has been.
We wanted to share some thanks and best wishes with Aconite’s biggest supporters – so this one is for you! Read more