Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

Official Selection - In Competition

Awards:

74.º Cannes Film Festival – Oeil d’Or (Documentary Award), Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Crew:

Screenplay: Payal Kapadia, Himanshu Prajapati
Cinematography: Ranabir Das
Production: Ranabir Das, Julien Graff, Thomas Hakim

A Night of Knowing Nothing

A film by Payal Kapadia

Back
L., a student at the Film and Television Institute of India, exchanges letters with K., her boyfriend, who will abandon her to meet his family’s demands, since L. belongs to a lower caste. This personal conflict is set against a background of political turmoil: her fellow students have gone on strike to contest the nomination of a new director – a television and commercial film actor, who is an activist of the ruling party. An epistolary film and a manifesto, A Night of Knowing Nothing is also a defense of cinema, of a free cinema that quivers with pain and fury, giving us an account of what is happening today in India, mixing reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies and anxieties.
  • Cast:

    Bhumisuta Das
  • Original Title:

    A Night of Knowing Nothing
  • Country:

    India, France
  • Year:

    2021
  • 97’ Subtitles: EN, PT

Awards:

74.º Cannes Film Festival – Oeil d’Or (Documentary Award), Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Crew:

Screenplay: Payal Kapadia, Himanshu Prajapati
Cinematography: Ranabir Das
Production: Ranabir Das, Julien Graff, Thomas Hakim

Schedule

Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval Acácio Barreiros Auditorium

Tickets: 5€

Medeia Nimas Cinema

Tickets: 6€

Medeia Nimas Cinema

Winning Film Screening

Tickets: 6€

Director

Payal Kapadia

Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker and artist. She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. Her short films Afternoon Clouds and And What Is The Summer Saying premiered respectively at the Cinéfondation and the Berlinale. She is a Berlinale Talents alumna and participated in 2019 at the Cinéfondation – Résidence du Festival de Cannes. Her first feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing, premiered in Cannes 2021, at the Director's Fortnight. Her next project, All We Imagine As Light, for which she received support from Ciclic and Hubert Bals Fund, is currently in development.
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