A low-key black-and-white documentary about the Norwegian sow Gunda from Grøstad farm is triumphant worldwide. The reviewers are full of praise, the audience excited, and after being shown at one prestigious film festival, the other was Gunda nominated for an Oscar. A sow from Vestfold was close to bringing home first Oscar for a Norwegian-produced documentary. But what is it really about Gunda who touches so strongly? How can a slow and lingering portrait of a breeding pig get such a huge appeal?
The film about Gunda starts with a precisely cut image section where we see her lying flat and heavy in the hay, with her head sticking out of the opening in the bin. Immediately one becomes aware of the animal's calmness and striking beauty where it lies, with the snout's beautifully curved nostrils, and the large ears. The pig apparently rests, breathes heavily and relaxed, but soon we understand that she has just been through the birth of a large litter of piglets.
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