Basel, February 10, 2021

Rosi goes to Hollywood

The Berlin Film Festival has just announced that Gianfranco Rosi will be a jury member of its 71st edition. Now, his latest film Notturno is on the Oscar shortlist for best documentary feature.

When Gianfranco Rosi spoke to us about his opus in the Thinking/Space for no less than 196 minutes, Notturno had only just been filmed. In fact, the award-winning Italian documentarian came straight from the editing suite to Basel, to personally attend the comprehensive Bildrausch retrospective about him. Now, Notturno, which won several awards since its premiere at the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice in 2020, is on the shortlist of the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Documentary Feature, and Rosi is a jury member at the Berlin Film Festival.  


The Bildrausch guest of honor embarked on the making of his sixth feature-length documentary right after the global success of Fuocoammare (2016), citing his encounter with refugees on the island of Lampedusa as an inspiration for the film. Rosi wanted to discover their places of origin. "It was a natural step for me to cross the waters and see where the tragedy originates", he said to the industry publication Screen Daily in 2018.  

For the film project, he ultimately travelled through the Middle East for three years and once again lived up to his reputation as a seeker of truths. For more than 25 years, the Italian documentary filmmaker has been travelling to the most remote and intimate corners of our world and our existence. Armed with nothing but his camera, the hermit director patiently surrenders to reality, until the invisible reveals itself.  


In 2019, Rosi told us in the Thinking/Space with Jean Perret how his unashamedly subjective yet deeply universal portraits come about. The workshop conversation, which included insights into a cinematic opus that is entirely anchored in the present, can be enjoyed again here.  


Bildrausch warmly congratulates Giancarlo Rosi for being included on the shortlist. In bocca al lupo! 


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