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

19e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris / 1-10 octobre 2021

Online Edition


October 3rd, 2021- 9 pm -
October 5th, 2021 - 9 pm



Spirits and Rocks: an Azorean Myth

Aylin Gökmen
Switzerland / 2020 / 0:13:30

"The inhabitants of a volcanic island are doing their best to keep the mountain quiet. The camera is embracing a majestic nature: the texture of the rocks is almost like silk, while smog and storms progressively blur the landscape and the faces. In Aylin Gökmen's poetical essay, humans and nature are part of the same cyclic dance, magnified by a stunning cinematography and hypnotic soundscape." - Tizian Buchi, Locarno Film Festival On a volcanic island, inhabitants are caught in an unending cycle: the threat of impending eruptions, and the burden of past traumas loom over them. Some draw upon myth and religious beliefs to interpret their precarious situation, while others demonstrate resilience, rebuilding their villages from the volcanic rocks. Mirroring the ethereal atmosphere of the island’s landscapes, the film gradually takes on the appearance of the stories it recounts.



Where Have You Been?

Andrew Gillman
United Kingdom / 2021 / 0:10:30

Why did she go out on a night like this? One of the ambitions for the visual image of this film was to strive to exploit the defects of the mobile phone camera. We wanted to replicat the defects and imprecision of human imagination; to force the camera to capture images so degraded – whether out of focus, struggling for exposure, or imprecise – that it creates rather than captures images that would normally not exist; to support the thought "I can just about make out real shapes of things that become other things in the darkness".




Anna Gimein
Spain / 2020 / 1:20:00

"…I find it extraordinary that young men died there in a war that long ago, and then died in the same place three thousand years after that." Mistress is a video art project that began with the reading of "Wittgenstein’s Mistress", an experimental novel published in the US in 1988 after its author, David Markson, received 54 rejections from different publishers.In the process, it turned into a feature-length film. The film begins after the end of the world, the end of all living beings –humans, insects, and any creature that once crawled upon the earth. Yet this apocalypse is of no interest to us, we neither know nor care about its cause. After the end, everything remains: the knickknacks, the machines, the matches, the paintings and the books. The myths and anecdotes – these latter remain in the head of the only creature alive, a woman of a certain and uncertain age, which they inhabit together with past pain and a certain humor of her here and now. She is the mistress of the universe, “appointed the curator of all the world”. As her fingers execute stream-of-consciousness typing, the woman’s thoughts revisit the same places, people and stories time and again, remixing them in different ways with the music she hears, if only in her head. The images mix, too: the site of Troy and footage of World War II, ancient Greek columns and her own laundry, and many of the seas of the world. And very particularly, writing: writing as in the early journalistic moving images; as in the notes traced in their scores by the hands of composers like Bach or Schubert; the letters in the notes and missives of Akhmatova, Rilke, and others; lines drawn in pencil on paper in the drawings of Modignliani or Jeanne Hébuterne or on the beach with a stick..