Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa
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17° Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa (5° Edição) - January 17-20, 2020
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MAIN AWARD

Fauve
Jérémy Comte
Quebec / 2018 / 0:16:24


Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
 

Jury Statement:
The innocence of two boys results in a tale that points us to not underestimate Mother Nature. The amazing performance of the young actors and the wonderful cinematography drives us into a distressful story. A thriller that constantly plays with our expectations, Fauve is a beautiful masterpiece.






SIGNS AWARD

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



Maria of the Mangroves
María de los Esteros
Eugenio Gómez Borrero
Colombia / 2018 / 00:19:15

PORTUGAL PREMIER

The story of a woman who, while extracting oysters from a mangrove, also unearths memories, songs and ghosts. But the mangrove that once was a larder of life has become the cemetery of those who refuse to leave the territory.

 

Jury Statement:
A mysterious and poetic film that plays with great respect with the inhabitants in a Colombian mangrove. A powerful high and seek between a territory full of life and the painful history of disappearance of the Colombian conflict.




MENTION FOR THE SIGNS AWARD

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Get Ready With Me
Jonatan Etzler
Sweden / 2018 / 0:29:15

PORTUGAL PREMIER

Aspiring YouTuber Vendela decides to get up in front of her high-school class and show a disturbing video that disrupts the lesson and causes her teacher Lukas to fear for her life.


 

Jury Statement:
A film about a young generation of kids who defy their popularity in the classroom from popularity on social media. A grim, unpredictable thriller with current topics of intergenerational misunderstanding, online identity and the merging of digital- and real life.



NIGHT AWARD
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The Night Award honours films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity characterised by enigmatic mysteriousness and subtleness, which keeps mind and consideration moving




Noa
Dekel Nitzan
Israel / 2019 / 0:25:00

Noa is a lonely single mother looking for a job. She hopes Yair, a family man and the vice president of a successful company, could help. But sometimes Interests turn into feelings.

PORTUGAL PREMIER

 

Jury Statement:
A mysterious character without always understanding completely her motifs and beliefs, "Noa" confronts us with strong topics with intensity and enigmatic narratives.

Director Statement:
Receiving "The Night Award" is a great honor for me and for all the other members of the film's crew. Throughout the making of "Noa", the greatest challenge was navigating along the fine line between the hidden and the explicit. Receiving this award is recognition of our efforts and the proof that they have paid off.

 



Special Jury Award

California on Fire
Jeff Frost
USA / 2018 / 0:24:50

PORTUGAL PREMIER

California on Fire utilizes time, sound, and the catastrophic effects of climate change as a backdrop to examine loss. Each of the film's five chapters are based on the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, sadness, and acceptance. To create California on Fire, artist Jeff Frost trained as a firefighter, gained full access to more than 70 wildfires, and shot over 350,000 photos from 2014 to 2019. It has been featured in PBS Newshour, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, and Artnet.

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Jury Statement:
Hypnotic, vibrant and frightening. It is an urgent topic exposed originally, the strong images of the California fires recall us other bigger fires that have occurred in 2019. The jury recognises the commitment and effort that this film required to be done.





 

 

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