In this hypnotic footage from French director Eléonore Weber, the realities of fighter pilots who man helicopters over war zones are revealed. Whilst the word ‘war’ can summon notions of hectic blasts and shouting, Weber’s interpretation is anything but.
There Will Be No More Night takes the viewer into a trance-like state, as it follows the steady hum and occasional crackle of thermal images from a helicopter’s two pilots; the one who flies and the one who shoots. As eyes in the sky, pilots must rely heavily on visual observations, gaging the difference between civilians and targets, yet this also means there is room for fatal error.
Voiced over by Weber’s laconic narration in French, the film creates an intense atmosphere as it depicts with painstaking reality what it is to kill people from afar. As Weber notes “there will be no more night, nor distance, nor place to hide”, to which a pilot replies “where there has once been war, peace is no longer possible”.
Jaana Semeri (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)