Payal Kapadia’s bold and distinctive debut feature is an immersive and spiritual work addressing issues of artist production as well as the political complexities of contemporary India. A Night of Knowing Nothing is framed by fictional letters from a female student to her estranged lover. The film initially lends itself to investigative fictional storytelling before exploring the political contradictions of contemporary India.
Combining a mixture of found footage, sketches and her own material, Kapadia – an alumna of the Film & Television Institute of India – repositions the work of fellow students at other educational establishments, charting the fractious relationship between a nation’s youth, its rigid caste structures, its families and its far-right government. Among many other ideas and leads, A Night of Knowing Nothing also aims to reimagine the role of a film school in this turbulent and often violent political epoch.
This Preview screening is followed by a Q&A with Payal Kapadia, hosted by ICA Film Programme Manager Nicolas Raffin.
A Night of Knowing Nothing premiered in the UK as the Opening film of FRAMES of REPRESENTATION 2021. This release is an ICA CINEMA Distribution project.
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