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'Aquarela' premiere in Biennale di Venezia

Updated: Feb 6, 2019

As far as I can remember, I always wanted to be involved in the creation of the amazing films. This old dream has attracted me to cross the path with one of the most incredible documentary film directors of all times - Victor Kossakovsky. We met a bit over two years ago in Greenland, where together with my partner Hayat Moknehache we were operating a fantastic expedition schooner under the brand of Sailing Explorers. I can't express how happy we were when Victor decided to bring his team (and nearly 2 tonnes of film gear) on board our yacht, and work together on the production of 'Aquarela'. After living together an absolutely stunning adventure, we've got so attached to this team, that we call each other the Aquarela Family. Try to imagine how I felt when I received the invitation to the premiere in one of the most important film festivals in the world - Biennale di Venezia...


'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, 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.

We've gathered in Venice in early September, two days before the premiere. The pleasure of meeting those old friends was that big, that I didn't even feel uncomfortable in changing my usual pirate outfit for a cocktail attire, which was a requirement for the red carpet dress code.

I won't speak much about the film, to not spoil it. I will only say it's a MUST TO WATCH for everyone who loves cinema.

The red carpet thing... I must say for me it was somehow a moment of celebration of one of my biggest dreams ever, coming true. 15 years back I've quit a film school, because I felt that it was not good enough for my ambitions, and I would rather want to learn from the real masters than from the frustrated professors. Even though I changed my path and dedicated my life for sailing, the film dream has never left me, it was just waiting for the right moment. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that when this moment comes, it will be of such calibre. But it did, and it was absolutely amazing experience, every single second of it. Walking the red carpet brought a certain closure onto the old dream, but I still was going to enjoy the real thing - sit down in the cinema, surrounded by the Aquarela Family, and enjoy to watch this masterpiece.

Photo: Geoff Hailstone

It was such an emotional moment, that I could barely breathe through that film... I felt everyone was shocked, nobody has ever seen anything like that. I even started to worry about how it will be received by the audience and critics... 20 minutes of standup ovations has cleared my worries. Everyone loved it, including the critics! On the next day, two very important reviews have been published:

When all the emotions have settled, it was back to the most important thing - the Family! We took off for the celebrations. The rain has been pouring as if it was personally excited by Aquarela's premiere, while we kept looking for a bar with the dancefloor where could enjoy ourselves. Finding that bar was problably the most difficult task in that barless town. After 5km of the soaking wet walk, we've finally succeeded - Picolo Mondo, The Only Disco in Venice... Needless to say, we were the first to enter and last to leave... I doubt I'll ever forget that night!!! Thank you, my friends, for every great moment we've shared...

Photo: Geoff Hailstone

Photo: Charlotte Hailstone

Photo: Geoff Hailstone

Photo: Charlotte Hailstone

Photo: Ben Bernhard

Photo: Charlotte Hailstone

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