Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa
International Festival Signs of the Night - Lisbon

7° Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa - December 26-31, 2021

19th International Festival Signs of the Night - Portugal



Silence of the World

Il silencio del Mondo
Riccardo Palladino
Italy / 2020 / 0:08:00

"A “shadowy” cinematographer, with a unique point of view and an old Beaulieu camera, find out the World as the first time, confused and uncertain about the mysterious relationship between himself and the rest of the world.




Very well written text and fascinating observation of what surrounds us. "Silence of the World" invites the audience to breeze into the diverse beauty of stillness.


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


Patrick Dionne, Miki Gingras
Canada / 2021 / 0:18:11

"Yulí" is a journey through the reflections of a young middle-class Colombian; who, influenced by the news media, struggles with her fears and prejudices towards a neighborhood that has a bad reputation.





Genuinely illustrated whispers of the mind, “Yuli" allow the viewer to witness the immersed flow of the protagonist's mind skillfully.


I have lived in countries where mothers search for their missing children in rivers and amidst rubble. Surfaces is a film about the pervasive political and sexual violence in Colombia and Argentina. I address these social and political issues metaphorically, lamenting the privation of burial rituals and the alteration of death’s natural processes.


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

Dorothée Murail
France / 2020 / 0:45:00

AKA stages butoh dancer Sachiko Ishikawa in a red and organic universe. The body explores the different states experienced during a depression through an intimate dialogue with the camera enabling the inexpressible to express itself.



With every instance of the performer’s changing gestures, “AKA” moves the viewer to distinct feelings. Impressively shot, an exquisite journey of and into an inner self.


AKA comes from a deep emotion that invaded me, the depression. I started to visually transcribe many of these feelings in my mind like an architect. This process helped me to give them a form, to understand them and thus to get out of this "state" of being. The appearance of covid has triggered this feeling of unease in many people, it is a global health problem that remains very poorly known and misunderstood. I hope that talking about it and deconstructing it visually will help people understand this disease a little better. Furthermore, if it can aid people who are in the same situation, like watching this experience as a therapy, or knowing that they can re-create themself after a moment like this. Finally, I also thought this movie to express universal emotions that traverse every human being (death, life, sexuality,...etc ) I used Japanese inspiration - the red colour and the butoh dance for example- and hope it also will be an experience for every viewer.


Lack of Clarity

Stefan Kruse Jørgensen
Denmark / 2020 / 0:22:33

Public light rips through the night of a modern city. Sleeplessness is lit up by a computer monitor in an urban space, where day and night are no longer distinguished. In the contemporary surveillance society, digital evolution and social control indelibly mark the urban fabric in which we move. A nocturnal journey through a strongly lit and populated city as a filmmaker reflects upon the increase of new surveillance technologies around him. The film draws a fragmentary connection between Paris at the end of the 17th century and the potential surveillance of the filmmaker’s own dreams.




Consumed in the dark alleys of the city and of the mind, “Lack of Clarity” allows the audience to experience the restlessness in urban life in a masterfully sophisticated style.


There are eyes everywhere. No blind spot left. What shall we dream of when everything becomes visible? We’ll dream of being blind.” The prophetic words of the late french cultural theorist Paul Virilio was somewhat at the core of initiation of this project. The world feels more hyperreal to me than ever to me. A ground sense of confusion seems to hang in the air. A similar feeling to when you are deprived of sleep. Amnesia kicks in and the ability to focus has vanished. Sleep (and the lack of) was very much on my mind when making this film. The film is an attempt to dissolve the boundaries between the personal and the global. As in dreams or nightmares I became interested in the dissolvement of night and day, physical distance and past and present. A series of strange serendipity moments got me interested in the invisible connections between my own personal sleep patterns and dream, the lighting of Paris at the end of the 17th century, the military industry complex, the fates of Elvis Presley and O.J Simpson and the algorithmic surveillance systems that is being pushed all over the world these days.


This Haunting Memory That Is Not My Own

Panos Aprahamian
Lebanon / 2021 / 0:29:45

"This Haunting Memory That Is Not My Own" is an experimental essay film oscillating between ethnographic cinema and dystopian climate-fiction. It explores the spectral presence of traumatic pasts, and lost futures, in the bodies and structures around Beirut’s old quarantine district and port.




We would like to dedicate this award to the workers and denizens of the Edgelands, both human and nonhuman, to all those who have suffered the various forms of violence exerted on Beirut's Karantina district, and to those for whom the apocalypse is not a future possibility but a historical reality.