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Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Italy | Documentary | 100

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Thu, Dec 3 at 12:01 am – Sun, Dec 6 at 11:59 pm PST

Live Q&A

Sun, Dec 6 at 1:00 pm PST

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Director Gianfranco Rosi is expected for the live Q&A on Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 pm PST.


A lone man paddles through reeds at sunset as bombs flare in the distance. A bare-bones theater group attempts to stage a play about and during wartime. A group of children processes trauma through drawing. These are just three of the magisterial moments captured in Gianfranco Rosi’s (Fire at Sea, Doc Stories 2016) immersive observational documentary exploring conflict in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and Lebanon. Eschewing outside commentary, Rosi presents sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes harrowing moments captured mainly on the borderlands of these regions facing intense civil distress. Winner of the UNICEF Award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Notturno is less a film about life during wartime than the life that subsequently follows it, as those damaged by the violence try to move forward…Rosi constructs this film as a series of handsomely shot vignettes that forgo interviews, voiceover, or context cues in order let the striking, fixed-camera compositions do much of the talking.” —Ben Croll, IndieWire

Director Gianfranco Rosi

Born in Eritrea but raised predominantly in Italy, Gianfranco Rosi graduated from NYU Film School. His films have focused on the Ganges River, cartel violence in Mexico, and the migrant crisis in Italy, among other topics. His 2013 film Sacro GRA was the first documentary to be selected for the Main Competition at the Venice Film Festival and went on to win the Golden Lion. His 2016 film Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Film Details

Language Arabic, Kurdish

Year 2020

Runtime 100

Country Italy/France/Germany

Director Gianfranco Rosi

Producer Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi

Editor Jacopo Quadri, Fabrizio Federico

Cinematographer Gianfranco Rosi