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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Silhouettes *Iconique* (Lichtphon / Ikonen 1)

Schahram Poursoudmand
Germany / 2019 / 0:09:35


Silhouettes *Iconique* is the first part of the LICHTPHON cycle trilogy „IKONEN“ and shows loneliness, vulnerability, bliss, drama and poetry in devoted yearning to existence. A surreal timeless dream state in a feverish intoxication. Time and place is unreal. A woman freezes in an dreamlike intermediate stage between life and death. In her loneliness she hallucinates with inner visions full of passion and sensitivity. The transition stands still. A new physical and mental state arises. holds, protects and saves her from the end. This moment becomes eternal - an icon is born.


The Murmur of Things

Michel Pavlou
Norway / 2018 / 0:05:08


Scenes of flea-markets in the streets of Thessaloniki, Madrid and Brussels compose the film narrative. Combining opposite points of view, still and moving images, the camera operates as an extension of the arm; it is gliding between people and objects creating unexpected dialogues.


Close to Zero

Dee Hood
USA / 2020 / 0:03:55


In the Trump circus, there is no belief in science, facts, or social distancing, masks are optional, and the pandemic is a hoax.


The Stream X

Hiroya Sakurai
Japan / 2019 / 0:06:53


In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of water as it follows the man-made course. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water. In episode 10 of The Stream, I tried an experiment in which environmental sound in the water is replaced with environmental sound from outside the waterway. As a result, the viewer experiences the sound of the wind as an underwater environmental sound. The wind moves the aquatic plants and pushes along objects floating on the water.My purpose was to use the expression of the wind as a metaphor for the stream and to impress the viewer with the liveliness of water, which is the theme of this work.



Shir Handelsman
Israel / 2019 / 0:05:00


An opera singer stands on a lifting platform reaching to the sky and sings a Martyr's wish for redemption. His fantasy spectacle creates a counterpoint between human voice and mechanical sounds of other platforms moving in space. The music, taken from one of J.S Bach's cantatas, is the Recitative Movement which describes the ascension of Christ and expresses the desire to become one with go


Black Sky

Jen J. Balberona
Philippnes / 2018 / 0:09:09


This film is about a woman's body in constant transition. About how our bodies are reconfigured through pain - the kind that only we know about. About how pain determines our identity as a woman - menstruation, childbirth, perimenopause, menopause. About how we navigate the world with our new identities - even the ones we don't completely understand. This film is about my body in constant transition.


Staying with the trouble

Alyona Larionova
United Kingdom / 2018 / 0:14:05


A hybrid documentary film that follows a Kazakh berkutchi (eagle-hunter) on his journey to tame his wild eagle, Sadak. The film draws upon the unique bond between the hunter and his eagle to provide a meditation on power relations in a world dealing with security crisis and accelerating hyperconnectivity. Oscillating between states of control and submission, berkutchi, Sadak, a judoist, and a border control officer, offer viewers their own bodily interpretations of the constantly shifting power scales.



Boldizsar CR
United Kingdom / 2020 / 0:07:00


Immunity is a poetic and experimental Fashion Film with elements of genre cinema such as horror, exploitation and psycho-thriller. The story is loosely based on the highly destructive influence and actions of Charlie Manson and his cult. The film has stunning psychedelic visuals and soundtrack to further the immersive, dream-like experience for the viewer.


The Visit

Kristi Tethong
Canada / 2019 / 0:04:20


An impressionistic haiku-like documentary illustrating a man's first visit to his father's occupied homeland Tibet, the second least free country on earth. Assembled with 16mm hand-processed film, personal road trip footage and film archives, The Visit is an artful exploration of intergenerational loss, longing and the stifled rage within the liminal spaces of exile.


Everything Is Under Control

Roland Denning
United Kingdom / 2020 / 0:06:25


"Everything Is Under Control" is a story told by machines to humans in a world that has crashed and then been re-booted from a back-up. But the back-up was faulty and glitches are increasingly apparent. Have human beings and machines merged? Is the whole world counterfeit? Is free will illusion? Our machine is an unreliable narrator if ever there was one. The machines tell us that everything is under control, but can we believe them? Constructed out of archive material and an AI synthesised voice. Everything Is Under Control is a wry philosophical reflection on our current predicamen.


C'est Quoi Le Mantra Moderne?

Merve Erdem, Kit Martin
United Kingdom / 2019 / 0:08:27


In the middle of August 2019, two days after their debut album release show, the duo, Kit Sebastian, fly to Tours airport to shoot what they think will be a promotional film on celluloid Super 8.
There, they plan to shoot on 2-3 reels for their rapidly approaching French physical release, showcasing the duo in an easily digestible format for French audiences. The results however, turn out to be the opposite, an antithesis of their initial plan. The script and list of shots written on the days of shooting follow a transformative and experimental style employing concepts such as silence, discontinuity and repetition to destabilize the narrative coherence and the lucidity of meaning expected from a promotional film. The dissolution of the narrative helps the duo to play with a plurality of voices and a fragmented yet harmonious imagery while echoing the recording methods of the album, Mantra Moderne.
The film becomes both an intimate portrayal of the duo exploring their aesthetic world, and a critique of themselves, their ideas, and their authenticity. The bilingual script drifts between abstraction and realism, serving both as a snapshot of the duo immediately after their debut album, and a filmic essay exploring their medium, language and reality. As they attempt to explain the meaning of their album and its title, the tension between pastoral scenes and industry unconsciously creates an environment paralleling this opposition. Filmed on 5 reels of Kodak 50D and 1 reel of Kodak 200T film, in the area largely where their album was recorded. The audio was recorded on cassette to respect the medium.