A Night of Knowing Nothing

a film by

France, India / 96' / 07/2021 / documentary

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.

“One of the year's most electrifying debuts, Payal Kapadia’s hybrid feature A Night of Knowing Nothing is a fever dream of impossible love tied to a broader reflection on contemporary India.”
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“One of the year's most electrifying debuts, Payal Kapadia’s hybrid feature A Night of Knowing Nothing is a fever dream of impossible love tied to a broader reflection on contemporary India.”
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Payal Kapadia

Biography

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 (2017) and AND WHAT IS THE SUMMER SAYING (2018) 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, is part of the 2021 Director’s Fortnight selection. Her next project, ALL WE IMAGINE AS LIGHT, for which she received support from Ciclic and Hubert Bals Fund, is currently in financing.

Filmography

  • A Night of Knowing Nothing – 2021 – feature documentary
  • And What is the Summer Saying – 2018 – short film
  • Afternoon Clouds – 2017 – short film
  • Last Mango Before the Monsoon – 2015 – short film
  • Watermelon, Fish and Half Ghost – 2013 – short film
  • Cassandra’s Gift – 2012 – short film
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Crew

Director: Payal Kapadia
Screenplay: Payal Kapadia and Himanshu Prajapati
Producer: Thomas Hakim and Julien Graff
Co-producer: Ranabir Das
Production companies: Petit Chaos & Another Birth
Cinematographer: Ranabir Das
Sound Design: Moinak Bose, Romain Ozanne
Editor: Ranabir Das
Voice over: Bhumisuta Das

Festivals

  • Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, France (7 – 17 July, 2021)
    Official Selection Won: L’Oeil d’Or for Best Documentary
  • FIDMarseille International Film Festival, France (19 – 25 July, 2021)
    Closing Film
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (9 – 18 September, 2021)
    Wavelengths
  • Camden International Film Festival, United States (16 – 26 September, 2021)
    Cinematic Vision
  • Athens International Film Festival, Greece (22 September – 3 October, 2021)
    Stranger Than Fiction Competition
  • New York Film Festival, United States (24 September – 10 October, 2021)
    Currents Section

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Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Trailer: Click here

Excerpts: Click here