Most people are afraid of death because it can be unexpected and painful. Others are afraid of it because they are not ready to leave the world and feel that they can still contribute something to the expanding population. Not many can see death as being a beautiful thing. However, in the short film Notturno, directors Maria Host-Ivessich and Marco Adamo Graziosi make death seem delicate, haunting and magical.

The short film follows two sisters who die every dawn, slowly disappearing into the foamy water of a river again and again. The entire film is narrated by Carlotta Cioffi who reads the words of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, and tells the story of the two mysterious sisters. The clothes worn in the film provide an important focus point as they move with the wind and the water. These were provided by Alberto Aspesi’s This is a Door; Here is a Sea, and styled by Host-Ivessich to contribute to the otherworldly atmosphere.

Throughout the film, the two sisters play around in the water waiting for dawn, when it finally arrives they both die and become one with the earth they were touching and the water they floated in.