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This experimental film—winner of the Golden Eye award for best documentary at this year's Cannes Film Festival—explores the university student protest movement in India.

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.

"A Night of Knowing Nothing is composed of archival footage, student chronicles of contemporary protests, and letters whispered aloud to an absent lover. Co-written by Kapadia and Himanshu Prajapati, its fictitious framing device — a box discovered in a room at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), containing lost film reels and a diary written by a student known only as “L” — creates several floating layers of dramatic reality, which gently fall atop each other to create a vivid portrait of revolt and oppression, love and pain, and philosophical thought threatened by nationalist agenda." - Indiewire


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  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    Bengali, Hindi
  • Country
  • Director
    Payal Kapadia
  • Screenwriter
    Payal Kapadia, Himanshu Prajapati
  • Producer
    Thomas Hakim, Julien Graff
  • Cast
    Bhumisuta Das
  • Cinematographer
    Ranabir Das
  • Editor
    Ranabir Das