Shot over three years along the war-wrecked borders of Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and Lebanon, Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno is a transfixing, heartrending glimpse into the plight of those living through the rise of ISIS in the vacuum created by the U.S. invasion. The veteran documentary filmmaker, last seen at NYFF with 2016’s Fire at Sea, joined us live from his studio in Rome to discuss his extraordinary body of immersive, empathetic, and urgent nonfiction. The conversation, moderated by NYFF Director of Programming Dennis Lim, touched upon Rosi’s ability to capture beautiful images in precarious situations, his emphasis on temporal and spatial immersion over context, and the fearlessness that motivates his filmmaking.
Watch the conversation below, presented by HBO. Visit our NYFF58 playlist for more talks and Q&As.