20e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris / 1-10 octobre 2022



Marie Baille (France) : ENRA
Juan Ferrer (Peru) : ENS-PSL
Evan Magkoufas (Greece) : Université Paris Cité
Alexandre Velle (France) : EL-University



Andrius Žemaitis
Lithuania / 2021 / 0:39:00

This is a story about an orphan girl Alizava and her unfamiliar father, whose soul inhabits various things. In an abandoned mansion a childish ritual commences, erasing the line between the living and the dead. A silent dialogue between the girl and her father summons others. Who are they?



Jury Declaration:

The main award goes to ALIZANA for the excellency of its artistic creation and the beauty of its sequences that look like « pictured » poems. The jury was sensible to the daydream, (or only a dream) of the child, giving life again to some bugs in front of lost souls. The great purity of the images and the remarkable equilibirum between mystery and meaning made the jury’s decision.


The Signs Award honors films, which treat an important subject in an original and convincing way

Oliver Smolders
Belgium / 2021 / 0:23:00

A filmmaker mourns the fading faces of his loved ones and evokes the ritual of masks as way of connecting to the afterlife


Jury Declaration:

The Signes Award goes to MASQUES by Olivier Smolders for its poetic ability to meditate on the timeless subject of human memory and loss. Oscillating between cinematic essay and disaster narrative, the film captures, in its most original way, the ambiguity of the human soul in the face of death. Elegiac and, at times, grotesque, the director navigates more than aptly the nuances of a sensitive topic in his very natural stream-of-consciousness narration, which renders perfectly the masks as his ultimate thread of rationality to ponder on the incongruity of human existence


The Night Award honors films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity characterized by enigmatic mysteriousn ss
and subtleness, which keeps mind and consideration moving

Useless Opera Singers
Pablo Serret de Ena
Denmark / 2021 / 0:28:37

An unknown force pushes a man to a place of extraordinary characteristics in the high Arctic. In its limits, is where he may find the answer. Between an introspective adventure and the poetry of the absurd.



Jury Declaration:

The Night Award goes to USELESS OPERA SINGERS for its digressive and discontinuous structure that carries us along this lifelong existential questioning about the human condition in today's society. In a world where everything needs to be calculated, explained, touched, this film uses the absurd to contrast with our logical mind and gets us to ask ourselves about what makes really sense. Through its playful dialogue this piece denounces the crisis of the modern world.


Portrait of Omar at 23

Aman Wadhan
Hungary / 2020 / 0:10:55

Omar's journey from Syria to Hungary narrated as a blurry anecdote by the fire.


Jury Declaration:

The Jury’s Prize goes to PORTRAIT OF OMAR for its human glipse of what migration really means for an individual : fear, friendship, discoveries, difficulties and the final end of « clichés ». The fire’s camp was a great focal point to create the ambiance to the narration. The poetry that emanated from the caracter’s travel was simply moving.