NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT is an upcoming period drama directed by Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet, which will open the 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Six films by Coixet have already been presented in various sections of past Berlinale programmes, including My Life Without Me (2003) and Elegy (2008) in Competition. She was also a member of the Berlin festival’s international jury in 2009.
Starring Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Oscar-nominated Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), the Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production set in Greenland in 1908 and focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory.
Josephine Peary (Binoche) is a mature, proud, determined and naive woman, in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary (Byrne), a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home. For him she will face all danger, even risk her own life. Another woman, young but wise, brave and humble – Allaka (Kikuchi) – is in love with the same man, and expecting his child. The relentless icy landscape both separates and draws these two women together during the long, tense wait for the man they both love in such different ways. NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT is a story replete with the passion, dignity and strength of these two women as they battle to survive in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
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