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NOCTURNA: SIDE A - THE GREAT OLD MAN’S NIGHT

Director: Gonzalo Calzada | Argentina | 2021 | 107 mins

Ulises is 100 years old and lives in a decrepit old apartment building in Buenos Aires, struggling to retain his memory and sense of self in his twilight years. As the days pass and he edges closer and closer to the end of his life, Ulises embarks on a final voyage of rediscovery over one long night as he battles with dementia, regret and feelings of guilt that are increasingly lost to the ravages of time. After encountering a mysterious woman knocking at his door in the middle of the night, our geriatric hero must search deep within himself to reconcile the grief he feels and come to terms with his mortality as he approaches the end. 

 

A masterful meditation on the nature of grief and the devastating effects of dementia, NOCTURNA: SIDE A combines chills with a genuine emotional resonance that Is underpinned by a phenomenal central performance by veteran Argentine actor Pepe Soriano. As we journey with Ulises through the night, we experience the desperate confusion along with him, making his gradual realisation and acceptance of his fate all the more poignant and unforgettable. Facing the inevitable march of time, the devastating frailty of the human condition and atonement for the things we’ve done in life are perhaps the greatest horrors we are all likely to face somewhere down the line, hopefully later rather than sooner.

Screening with MINDEAZE + INHERITANCE