28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Night of Knowing Nothing
director: Payal Kapadia
original title: A Night of Knowing Nothing
running time: 97 min.
A female student of the Film and Television Institute of India only known by her initial L. is writing letters to her ex-lover K. who has left her. Her quivering voice reading her letters introduces us to the inner world as well as the external circumstances of this young woman. As she – just like her peers – struggles with her desires, fears and questions related to her personal identity as well as the broader national one, the clashes between the protesters and the police are getting more and more heated in the streets. A captivating collage of reminiscences, fantasies, dreams and contemporary archive footage provides an intimate account of the turbulent present and an uncertain future of a country in the midst of political and social changes.
"Nechtěla jsem natočit film informující o politické situaci, ale vykreslit osobnější, intimnější a tím pádem i lidštější pohled na velmi složitou situaci." (Payal Kapadia)
biographyPayal Kapadia is a Mumbai-based filmmaker who studied at the Film and Television Institute of India just like the protagonist of her feature debut. Before A Night of Knowing Nothing which won the Best Documentary award in Cannes, Payal Kapadia shot several shorts which participated in the Berlinale Talents and Cinéfondation programs.
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