International Festival Signs of the Night - Paris
Festival internatinal Signes de nuit - Paris

18e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris - October 1-5 / 22-25, 2020



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Tone Ottilie
Danmark / 2019 / 0:19:00


Frede accompanies her big sister to a queer party in the hope of winning back her ex-girlfriend. Labelled by the older girls as Babydyke, all she can do is take the plunge: Chin up and stay cool. This film describes the broad palette of interpersonal emotions with great sensitivity and dramatic intensity. In a rhythm of light and shadow, the gulf closes between own desires and the expectations of others.


The Best Orchestra in the World

Henning Backhaus
Austria / 2020 / 0:13:42


Ingbert, the sock, applies for a position as double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. Bad idea.


Clench my Fists

Sarah Trad
USA / 2020 / 0:05:49


“Clench My Fists” is a found-footage collage video that explores the process of growing up in an Arab family deeply affected by death and grief. Using footage from the Lebanese film “In the Battlefields,” as well as “Candy” and “The 100,” and audio from archival recorded Lebanese funeral laments, the video looks at how men and women express grief and anger under the patriarchy, as well as how trauma and childhood experiences can evolve into mental illness and patterns of behavior as adults. “Clench My Fists” is part of a larger body of work dealing with racial identity and the concept of “inherited grief;” that through biological or behavioral means, trauma is passed down through prospective family generations so that family members might experience the residual effects of trauma they did not personally witness. This body of work explores how the death of the artist’s grandfather, an Arab American, caused ripples of mental illness and skewed racial identity through her paternal family. Using filmic material that the artist used to connect with her heritage, “Clench My Fists” is part of a series of work focusing on not only decolonizing Imperialist Western understandings of the Middle East but to also show the beauty of the artist’s heritage, outside the context of her family.



A Swimming Lesson From Dad

Biró Melinda Ildikó
Hungary / 2020 / 0:14:06


A bitter-sweet story, about the begging of a friendship between a 9-year-old daredevil Mario and an eccentric gay young man, challenged by the fear and the prejudices of Mario's parents, in a remote Macedonian small town.



Thelyia Petraki
Greece / 2020 / 0:24:25


Greece 1986-1987, a little before the fall of State Socialism and just at the end of the Cold War. In front of Anthi’s eyes the country is changing, the world is changing and with them Christos seems to be changing too.


A Stranger Comes Home

Fredrik Mortensen
Norway / 2018 / 0:11:12


It's the night before Christmas eve and a little boy Discovers a burglar in his home. The burglar claims to be his estranged grandmother and she wants the boy to help her look for valuables. The boy however, is looking for something completely different.