Dir: Viktor Kosakovskiy, Norway/US, 2020, 93 min.
“A sow and her litter of adorable piglets are the subject of this memorable documentary from Russian director Viktor Kosakovskiy. Kosakovskiy doesn’t attempt to assume the point of view of the pigs, but for 90 minutes he lives among them, his camera taking up residence inside their barn and roaming their pasture at eye level. He also visits and observes their neighbours, including a tentative flock of chickens and a herd of stoic dairy cows. There is no narration, no subtitles and no musical score but, instead, an immersive soundscape of farmyard grunts and squelches. To call the film meditative would be to undersell Kosakovskiy’s instinct for drama and tension… It’s an encouragement to acknowledge the beauty, texture and aliveness of the animals.” – Simran Hans, The Guardian