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

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



October 3rd, 2022 - 5 pm
Fondation Hellénique - Cité universitaire
47b, Bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris


Lonely Cowgirl

Ensom Cowgirl

Gina Kippenbroeck
Denmark / 2021 / 0:19:10

Alone in her apartment, Liv is counting the days until she is reunited with the woman she loves. Accompanied by her audio-tapes, she thinks back on her relationship as the solitude slowly begins to test her mental strength.





Trang Thi Ha Tran
Viet Nam / 2021 / 0:29:52

Amidst the flood season, a city boy follows his father to a regressive mountain village in Que Phong, Nghe An to attend his grandfather's funeral. As immigrants, the boy's family must invite the shaman and relatives from the plains to organize a funeral in line with their homeland's custom. Although shy away from everybody, the boy quickly feels connected to the animals here and is especially attracted to the strange appearance of termites in the house. Since the people from below are unable to attend the funeral due to the weather, the adults in the family reluctantly choose to arrange the funeral according to the customs of local ethnic minorities. After the unfamiliar burial procedures, the family feels tired and lost. Following the termites, Fuzzy travels through the different spaces of dream and reality to reunite the living and the dead at the yin yang border.



Nazila Azizi
Afghanistan / 2021 / 0:05:34

A couple - apparently living peaceful and happy in their little house- are waiting for someone or something, while they keep writing and creating origami artworks out of papers...



Eating the Silence


Joël Jent, Ali Al-Fatlawi
Switzerland / 2021 / 0:23:44

Rolf, a hemiplegic, spends his days dozing on a sofa bed in his dusty apartment. On TV, he learns of a deadly pandemic sweeping around the globe. While the world around him falls apart, he bears witness to it on his screen with relish. When his nurse fails to visit him, Rolf realizes that his survival is anything but certain.



That Spring, in the Sky of H-Ville, there was__


Chung Hong Iu
Hong Kong / 2022 / 0:09:10

That spring, there was in the sky of H-ville. What is _____? No one can tell. The sudden “unknown” caused absurd and strange phenomena. The real nightmare was not the natural disaster, but the man-made one. The regime used this to implement the "state of exception". The system continued to operate. How much human value would be left? As Giorgio Agamben stated at the beginning of the pandemic, “The epidemic has caused to appear with clarity is that the state of exception, to which governments have habituated us for some time, has truly become the normal condition.” The idea started in early 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. But a lot of revisions were made due to the situation and my own life change. The film is set in a sci-fi background. Rough special effects, that I am not good at, are used to create a not-too-distant future. All the dystopian elements in films and literatures are happening all around us nowadays. The so-called "future" is actually the present. Thus, could this film be considered as a critical documentary? The film starts as sci-fi, but finally an essay film. The image of "H-ville" in the story is based on Hong Kong, but changes were made. First, it is because the phenomenon I criticize is not only in Hong Kong, but also in other places under capitalism and globalization. Secondly, Hong Kong is changing rapidly. Even the HongKongers feel unfamiliar (“jamais vu”?) and sometimes find it hard to recognize.