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11th International Festival
Signes de Nuit

Octobre 10th - 20th 2013
Cité Universitaire
Bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Résidence Lucien Paye
Maison du Portugal
Maison de l'Italie

Maison Heinrich Heine
College de l'Espagne
Maison du Japon
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The Awards of the Section Cinema in Transgression


Day: Thursday October 15th / Time: 9 pm
Place : Résidence Lucien Payé at the Cité Universitaire / Paris

Main Award


Jury Declaration
For combinig classic documentary craftmanship with the stupidity of
mankind failing to see the consequences of nuclear aggression.


Sebastian Mez
2013 | 1:24:00

A village in Russia's south Ural Mountains has been exposed to radiation severa times due to incidents at the "Mayak" nuclear plant. It is one of the most polluted places on earth by radioactive waste. The surreal beauty of this toxic landscape is the backdrop in which the inhabitants lead their lives.Metamorphosen is also a homage to the strength of these people and their daily struggles against an invisible enemy.


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Directors Statement:

I am extremly happy and feel very honored to receive the main award for METAMORPHOSEN. I would like to thank the Jury for choosing this film out of such a strong selection. It helps the film and the people living in that radioactive contaminated region to get more attention and at the same time it appreciates my work, which I did under very difficult circumstances with almost no money or support. I hope that METAMORPHOSEN boosted some discussion, thoughts and imaginations in the audience and this festival. Again, I am very happy and thankful for this price. I wish you all a nice evening and hope to meet you next time at Signes de Nuits.

The Signs Award

Welcome Dead Body

Jury Declaration
The Signs Award honors films, which treat an important subjec
in an original and convincing way.
Dead Body Welcome for treating the subject of honoring friendship
in a convincing and original way

Kees Brienen
2013 | 1:20:00

Based on a true story about the journey filmmaker Kees Brienen undertook to see the phenomenon of the total solar eclipse. Upon arrival in India he find out his best friend Ritchy had passed away. The trip suddenly becomes a search for a dead body, trying to understand and accept what had happened to him. Kees finds his friend up in the mountains, does what he needs to do, discovering new perspectives on friendship.


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Directors Statement:

Like every morning I first check my mail ... to my total surprise I found the message that the international jury of the Signes de Nuit film festival Cinema in Transgression had awarded DEAD BODY WELCOME with the Signs Award. You hopefully understand how incredibly happy I am; it's the first award I ever won for a film I made.

Today I'm floating on a cloud, on my way back to Amsterdam and The Hague where I have to work; introduce the film Sangre by Amat Escalante in a small cinema called Het Nutshuis. My thoughts are filled with joy and love for my friends Desiree Duwel, the script writer and of course Jeroen de Rijke who unfortunately both are not with us any more, I miss them very very much. I wish to thank the jury for your daring choice, it's definitely not an easy film, I know, but you seem to have understood the different layers in which DEAD BODY WELCOME can be understood and in fact appreciated them.

I tried to make a road movie that in it's vivid tradition is not only a physical but also a psychological travel. I hope my film offered you new perspectives on love, life and death. Thanks also to Rene Goossens, Annemiek van Gorp, Benito Strangio, Menno Boerema, Martijn van Boven and REC Sound. Without their contribution, for which they got hardly any financial compensation, there would not have been a film called DEAD BODY WELCOME...

The Night Award


Jury Declaration

The Night Award honors films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity characterised by enigmatic mysteriousness and subtleness, which keeps mind and consideration moving.
For its complex and enigmatic narrative, original representation
and skillful cinematography.

Vahid Vakilifar
2012 | 1:24:00

A man seeks to protect his hypersensitive body from a daily rise in temperature caused by pervasive electromagnetic waves. He concocts an aluminum jumpsuit which he wears under abundant layers of clothing. Despite his fragile health, every evening he rides his motorbike to keep appointments with his customers.
His mission: to destroy cockroach nests. After each mission the man plunges nto the dark heart of the city, crisscrossing the far flung streets of a megapolis in which time has stood still and from which the tumult of the day has disappeared. While awaiting the dawn, he must confront the many intrigues of the night.


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Special Jury Mention

Love Story

Jury Declaration
An honorary mention goes to Love Story for its fresh take on the
immortal topic of love.

Florian Habicht
New Zealand
2011 | 1:33:00

A beautiful stranger on the Coney Island train becomes both lead actress and real life object of desire in this choose your own adventure documentary about writing a fictional love story on the streets of New York. Director Florian Habicht casts himself as the leading man in this interactive and multi-layered ode to the Woody Allen-style Manhattan romantic comedy. Outspoken New Yorkers and Habicht's father, via Skype calls, influence the narrative of the film within the documentary. Blurs the boundaries of fact and fiction and
pushes the relationship between director and subject to new extremes.



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