Scott Marks 9:04 a.m., March 2
Twenty stories from ten countries, and nary a word (let alone a talking head) comes up. The subject is water as a “terraforming element,” and award-winning documentarian Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) and acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky lead us through a visually sumptuous historical essay on humankind’s thirst for and dependence on H₂O. Not your typical mashup of “green propaganda” and soppy coffee table book, the film does what any great movie should do: tell its story with pictures. (Cinematographer Nick de Pencier’s striking 5K ultra high-definition imagery is frequently as jaw-dropping as the nature it captures.) Take it from someone who watched it on a TV: the IMAX-worthy aerial photography — from afar, the Colorado River resembles a giant chest x-ray — demands a visit to the theatre. 2013.
- Rated PG | 1 hour, 30 minutes
- View trailer
- "Raising a glass to Watermark's Jennifer Baichwal" • April 21, 2014
- "Meet Watermark's Edward Burtynsky" • April 17, 2014