A Night of Knowing Nothing

Payal Kapadia

Original title: A Night of Knowing Nothing

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.

  • Duration: 97
  • Production year: 2021
  • Country: France, India
  • Subtitles: Subtitles: EN, PT

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

Payal Kapadia