MUBI to release Notturno this March
Staff Reporter | On 21, Jan 2021
MUBI will release Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno this March.
The striking and powerful new documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won three awards, before screening at the Toronto Film Festival and New York Film Festival and streaming at the BFI London Film Festival. Following Rosi’s award-winning Fire at Sea, the film is the Italian entry from the Academy Awards 2021 and nominated for Best International Feature at the BIFA awards.
Notturno is a sweeping depiction of three turbulent years in the heart of Middle Eastern war zones, observing the devastating toll being taken on civilian populations who have no choice but to live on the frontlines. Told using footage captured from the borders of Iran, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, the film depicts the everyday struggles of people attempting to rebuild their lives amongst the devastating effects of civil wars, dictatorships, foreign invasions, and the deadly presence of ISIS. Rosi foregrounds simple acts of humanity found within the most violent of settings, from a Tazisi mother’s anguish over her kidnapped daughter, to female Peshmerga guerrillas defending their battle stations, and a teenager’s daily toil to feed his family.
We described it as “a beautiful cycle of stillness in the eye of an ugly storm” in our review.
The film will be released on MUBI UK on 5th March.