Notturno (2020)

  • Main Slate
  • 1h 40m
  • Italy, France, Germany

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Gianfranco Rosi, whose last film, the Oscar-nominated documentary Fire at Sea (NYFF54), won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, returns with an immersive work of nonfiction. Shot over the course of three years along the borders of Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and Lebanon, Notturno (Nocturne) is a nighttime ramble through a region of the world rocked and shattered by catastrophe and violence. With spellbinding visual compositions and heartrending attention paid to the plight of those who have been living through the rise of ISIS in the vacuum created by the U.S. invasion, Rosi leads the viewer through a play rehearsal in a psychiatric ward; on the quiet journeys of snipers, soldiers, and fishermen; and to a classroom where children relate harrowing testimonies of atrocities they’ve witnessed. In these border worlds, people go about their lives while constantly haunted by a pervasive existential threat; Rosi’s extraordinary film is a reminder that people carry on, every day, even under the darkest circumstances.

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Gianfranco Rosi


Arabic, Kurdish



Bonus Content

58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

Notturno Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, Dennis Lim and director Gianfranco Rosi.

Notturno Q&A

A conversation between Dennis Lim and director Gianfranco Rosi.

HBO Documentary Films

Special thanks to HBO, the presenting partner of NYFF58 documentaries.

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