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AQUARELA (96fps)

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AQUARELA (96fps)
Programmer’s Note: For years, filmmakers have striven to create images that approximate the intricate details seen by the human eye. With techniques such as 3D and fully immersive screens, they've come close. But the closest and most cutting-edge technique is the use of high frame rates which mimic the way our eyes see and process motion. Director Victor Kossakovsky and his team shot AQUARELA at 96 frames per second. That's four times the traditional speed at which films have been projected for over 100 years. 

The Belcourt Theatre is proud to be one of only a handful of theaters presenting this groundbreaking film in the same frame rate — 96 frames per second — in which it was filmed. A note of caution — viewers prone to motion sickness may be affected by some scenes.

AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second (versus the old standard 24) and projected here in its native format, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth's most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela's mighty Angels Falls, water is AQUARELA's main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling visual detail.

“AQUARELA is truly a theatrical experience that benefits from the dark, distraction-free nature of the theater, in which the cycles of water, from frozen lakes to hurricanes, becomes an all-consuming force.” —Christian Gallichio, The Playlist

“A 90-minute documentary on water? Really? How exciting can that be? You have no idea.” —Kenneth Turan, LA Times

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