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Notturno

Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, France, Germany 2020
100min
OV w/ EN subtitles
V'20

With FIRE AT SEA, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi won the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlinale. The film was shot on the island Lampedusa and contemplated the fate of refugees, mainly from the perspective of a local boy. NOTTURNO is a companion piece to this work, as Rosi frequently travelled to Syria and neighboring regions during the last three years, this time with a keen eye for the aftereffects of the cataclysmic war on civilians, as well for female fighters such as those of the Peshmerga, who seem dammed to being endlessly on call. But Rosi's key question is whether life can prosper in ruins again, a question he explores by way of mothers who mourn the deaths of their sons in prison, children who try to describe the atrocities of ISIS by painting at school, and a theater rehearsal in a psychiatric clinic which deals with the colonial context of the shattered Syrian nation. The most bewildering facet of NOTTURNO is its aesthetic qualities: masterfully controlled compositions with which Rosi seems to be striving for beauty in darkness, albeit without ever risking indecency. The rhapsodic form not only serves to transcend the concept of borders in a multi-ethnical region, but also tries to assess the burden of survival: cautious first steps to ward off grief and agony. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

Gianfranco Rosi: BOATMAN (1993), BELOW SEA LEVEL (2008), EL SICARIO, ROOM 164 (2010), SACRO GRA (2013), FIRE AT SEA (2016)

Credits
  • Gianfranco Rosi
  • Gianfranco Rosi
  • Jacopo Quadri
  • Fabrizio Federico
Stemal Entertainment, 21Uno Film, Rai Cinema, Istituto Luce, Les Films d'Ici, No Nation Films

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