Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary. 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. Documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi (Oscar nomination for Fire At Sea) 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. Subtitled. (Italy, 100 mins)
“For the steadiness of its images, for its quietude, Notturno is keen on showing us a world that endures beyond its scars. And its just as keen on depicting the scars that cannot be shaken.” – K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone
“Rosi endlessly proves that he can turn the region’s agony into the finest art, and proves enough that he hasn’t lost sight of the human factor in the process.” – Bob Strauss, San Francisco Chronicle
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