NocturnesAnirban Dutta, Anupama Srinivasan

In the lush forests of the eastern Himalayas, the night belongs to moths. In the shadows of the nighttime, two passionate researchers try to unravel the secret universe of these enigmatic nocturnal creatures.

In a remote ecological "hot spot" on the border of India and Bhutan, two researchers set out. Their nocturnal expeditions revolve around the thousands of moths - in all shapes and sizes - that bring the forest to life at dusk. Their secret life is fascinating and enchanting. A magical immersion into an unknown world, not only visually enchanting, but aurally enticing as well, with the soft whisper of silken wings creating a true asmr experience. This meditative film won awards at Sundance Film Festival and urges you to take a closer look at the hidden world of nightly butterflies.

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International selection

After a rigorous selection process, DOCVILLE nominated ten brand new auteur documentaries that represent what the festival stands for: excellently made documentaries that are not only strong in terms of content, but also have an eye for the visual aspect and therefore deserve a place on the big screen.  The best film will be awarded the Canvas Jury Prize and may start dreaming of an Oscar, because the winner of this competition will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.


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Directed by Anirban Dutta, Anupama Srinivasan
2024 82 min.
English, Hindi
Subtitles: English


International selection


Anirban Dutta, Anupama Srinivasan


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