NOCTURAMA | Dir. Bertrand Bonello | 2016 | 130 min | PG-14
Presented in French with English subtitles
Nocturama is a bold work that speaks to our contemporary times with its razor sharp depiction of a group’s attack against their own society and culture. The film is divided into two distinct parts which depict the planning, execution and aftermath of a series of attacks around Paris.
In the first part, a multiracial group of young Parisians goes about executing a wave of attacks around various Paris locations with a precisely synchronized plan. The second part shows the aftermath of those attacks as the group seeks refuge in a multi-level department store while Paris is thrown into chaos outside the department store. Packed with plenty of tension, Nocturama manages to strip away any ideologies about the group’s motives but instead uses their attack as an abstract study about contemporary consumerist society that is driven by money, fear and endless wars. As a result, Nocturama is one of the most relevant films to have been made in recent years!
2016 INDIEWIRE CRITICS' POLL - 2nd PLACE (Best Undistributed Film)
2016 LISBON & ESTORIL FILM FESTIVAL - NOMINATION (Jaeger/LeCoultre Best Film Award)
2016 MAR DEL PLATA FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER (Special Mention, Cinematography | Léo Hinstin), NOMINATION (Best Film, International Competition | Bertrand Bonello)
2016 - PRIX LOUIS DELUC - NOMINATION (Best Film | Bertrand Bonello)
2016 - SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - WINNER (SIGNIS Award | Bertrand Bonello), NOMINATION (Golden Seashell, Best Film | Bertrand Bonello)
2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - NOMINATION (Platform Prize | Bertrand Bonello)
2016 - VILLAGE VOICE FILM POLL - WINNER (VVFP Award, Best Undistributed Film)
2017 - LUMIERE AWARDS, FRANCE - NOMINATION (Best Film | Bertrand Bonello, Best Director | Bertrand Bonello, Best Cinematography | Léo Hinstin)
2017 - ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS - WINNER (OFCS Award, Best Non-U.S. Release)
Nocturama is the fourth title in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series. One-time opportunities to find rising masters and see critically acclaimed, under-exposed world cinema.