Titled Notturno, the film is Italy’s official entry for Best International Feature for Academy Awards
Mumbai: Notturno, a powerful documentary by Italian-American filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi will be is released on Mubi on March 5 in countries like India, the UK, Ireland, LATAM (Latin America) and Turkey.
Interestingly, the film is the official entry of Italy for Best International Feature for 93rd Academy Awards.
The film has been premiered and won three awards at Venice Film Festival before screening at Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. It was nominated for best international independent film at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). It the latest work from Gianfranco Rosi, the filmmaker behind the Berlin Golden Bear winning film Fire At Sea.
The film is a sweeping depiction of three turbulent years in the heart of Middle Eastern war zones, observing the devastating toll being taken on civilian populations who have no choice but to live on the frontlines. As intimate as it is profoundly moving, the film is an urgent cinematic achievement from a master of the documentary form.
Told using footage captured from the borders of Iran, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, the film depicts the everyday struggles of people attempting to rebuild their lives amongst the devastating effects of civil wars, dictatorships, foreign invasions, and the deadly presence of ISIS.
Rosi foregrounds simple acts of humanity found within the most violent of settings, from a Tazisi mother’s anguish over her kidnapped daughter, to female Peshmerga guerrillas defending their battle stations, and a teenager’s daily toil to feed his family.
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