Directed by Julia Loktev
Set in New York and based on a 2005 Russian newspaper article about a Chechen rebel, this is the story of an unnamed woman who arrives at the airport, waits for hours in an anonymous hotel room, and then sets out on her mission the next day. Day Night Day Night, the remarkable first fiction feature from Julia Loktev (director of the award-winning documentary Moment of Impact), unfolds in two distinct parts. As spare and concerned with minutiae as the film’s first half is, so is its second section forceful and teeming with suspense, fear, and emotion. The film’s unnerving effect is enhanced by its verité style and further bolstered by the exceptional performance of first-time actor Luisa Williams. Festival awards include the Prix Regards Jeune at Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight, and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Fipresci Prize. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. 2006, U.S., 35mm, 94 minutes.