International Competition

A Night of Knowing Nothing

Payal Kapadia
Screening time  
04.04. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 5 Ticket
08.04. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

L, a university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover. 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. Director Kapadia made a poetic blend of documentary, fiction and experimental film that tackles broader social and cultural issues in today's India. Political climate, right-wing tendencies, patriarchal bonds tangled with personal relationships and traumas, A Night of Knowing Nothing is a memorable poetic, sensual piece of film art.


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 (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-length film, A Night of Knowing Nothing, was selected for Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2021 where it won the Golden Eye Prize for Best Documentary. Her next project, All We Imagine As Light, which received support from CICLIC, Hubert Bals Fund & PJLF Arts Fund is currently in development.

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A Night of Knowing Nothing

France, India
2021, 96'

Directed by:
Payal Kapadia

Screenplay by:
Payal Kapadia, Himanshu Prajapati

Ranabir Das

Edited by:
Ranabir Das

Thomas Hakim, Julien Graff

Produced by:
Petit Chaos, Another Birth

Festivals & Awards:

Quinzaine, Cannes FF: L’Oeil d’Or (Best Documentary) (2021)
Toronto IFF: Amplify Voices Award (2021)
FIDMarseille IFF (2021)
DOK Leipzig (2021)
IDFA (2021)
Busan IFF (2021)
Ji.hlava IDFF (2021) 
Mar del Plata IFF (2021)


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