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A Night of Knowing Nothing
A Love Story and a Reflection of Contemporary India
Hybrid Documentary | India, France | 99 mins | 2021 | Hindi, Bengali with English subtitles
Director: Payal Kapadia
Screenplay: Himanshu Prajapati & Payal Kapadia
Cinematographer & Editor: Ranabir Das
Producer: Thomas Hakim & Julien Graff
L, a university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover, while he is away. Through these letters, we get a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her. Merging reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies and anxieties, an amorphous narrative unfolds.
The film won the Camera D’or and Golden Eye awards at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2021, the Amplify Voices award at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2021 and the award for Best Documentary at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, 2022.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Payal Kapadia, Ranabir Das and Sunanda Bhat.
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Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker. She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. Her short films AFTERNOON CLOUDS (2017) and AND WHAT IS THE SUMMER SAYING (2018) premiered at the Cinéfondation and the Berlinale, respectively. Her first feature, A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING, was part of the 2021 Director’s Fortnight selection.
Ranabir Das studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India. As a practicing Producer and Cinematographer he has worked on Payal Kapadia’s experimental documentary “A Night of Knowing Nothing” and the short film “The Last Mango Before the Monsoon”. He was the cinematographer on Pushpendra Singh’s “The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs”.
Sunanda is a Bangalore based filmmaker. Her interest in textures that emerge as ‘ordinary’ peoples’ lives intersect with layers of landscape, continue to shape her work. She was an artist-in-residence at the Kochi Muziris Biennale and as part of Vikalp Bengaluru, is committed to the
screening of non-fiction cinema in the city.