“The big surprise [of this year’s Chicago International Film Festival]was DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT by newcomer Julia Loktev, which received the FIPRESCI Prize in the ‘New Directors’ competition. This intensely-compelling film follows a suicide bomber for 48 hours as she prepares to detonate a back-pack full of explosives in Times Square. The character has no name, no backstory, and no explicit convictions. As Loktev explained during the Q&A session I attended: ‘I like movies that don’t tell the audience what to think. I kept her motivations hidden so if you identify with her, you will feel bad about it. She believes in what she’s doing, but we can’t understand what or why…’”
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Photo courtesy of Julia Loktev.