a film by Gianfranco Rosi
Filmed over three years on the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, NOTTURNO captures the everyday life that lies behind the continuing tragedy of civil wars, ferocious dictatorships, foreign invasions and the murderous apocalypse of ISIS. Gianfranco Rosi (SACRO GRA, Venice Golden Lion Winner, FIRE AT SEA, Berlin Golden Bear winner and Oscar® nominee) constructs a sublime cinematic journey through the region finding peace and light within the chaos and despair in the aftermath of war. A mosaic of intimate moments and luminous images, NOTTURNO is a profound and urgent cinematic achievement, from a master of the documentary form.
“Devastating and surprisingly delicate.”
—The New York Times
“The best documentary of the year.”
“Hypnotic…the filmmaker’s virtuosic eye can spot grandeur in the smallest moments…This is cinema through and through.”
“A sweeping work of care and one that is often piercing in its painful beauty.”
“”Rosi, to his credit, has always been unafraid to challenge the conventions of the traditional observational documentary that dictate absolute fidelity to some notion of impartial objectivity.”