program

FILMS

Notturno

74 films in 13 categories
Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, France, Germany
100'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

Arabic, Kurdish

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Notturno

CATEGORY

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

synopsis

Irak, Kurdistan, Syria, Lebanon - this is how Gianfranco Rosi’s itinerary looks like for three years, years in the course of which the skeletal structure of "Notturno" was sketched during the director’s peregrinations. The Middle East is a space of contrasts, and what Rosi does is to bring these contrasts face to face, and to efface the moral or territorial borders between the world on screen and the viewer. The filmmaker observes the military troops marching through mood in the same way he observes the children as they recall the atrocities they lived through as prisoners of the soldiers in front of the therapist. War and tyranny, the images seem to remind us, are a fatal mixture which dwells even in the darkest of corners, giving birth to unimaginable monsters in all the things it encounters along the way. And cruelty, in the end, is just an army formed of all these monsters brought together in one place. Rosi’s film is a chronicle of a world torn between the nocturne of the postdiluvian disaster, and the light slipping into the little gestures which invoke salvation - a prayer in the night, an indistinct whisper, the sun-whipped face of a child with big, sad eyes. (by Andreea Chiper)

awards and festivals

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2021 - Silver Ribbon of the Year

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2021 - OFCS Award
International Cinephile Society Awards 2021
David di Donatello Awards 2021
Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2021
British Independent Film Awards 2021
American Society of Cinematographers, USA 2021
Venice Film Festival 2020 - Arca CinemaGiovani Award, Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award, UNICEF Award
Seville European Film Festival 2020 - Best Cinematography Award
Toronto International Film Festival 2020
El Gouna Film Festival 2020
Telluride Film Festival 2020
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 2020

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