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


December 29th / 4 pm -
31th / 4 pm, 2021


At the Feet of My Mother

Vincent Sparreboom
Netherlands / 2021 / 0:27:14

Growing up as a parent to your parents, leaves deep marks on the soul. During one family constellation therapy, Lucien is finally coming to terms with his unsafe childhood. Through the intricate expressions on his face, we are taken on an emotional journey as Lucien moves through long-supressed anger, fear and sorrow, finally showing himself to the world.


Origin of the Species

Abigail Child
USA / 2020 / 1:12:27

An experimental feature documentary that explores current realities of android development with a focus on human/machine relations, gender & the ethical implications of this research. The film records cutting edge laboratories in Japan & the USA where scientists attempt to make robots move, speak & look human. These scientists & their discoveries are contextualized with cinematic & pop culture references, to underline the mythic, comic & uncanny aspects of our aspirations. We are led on these explorations by BINA48, (Breakthrough Intelligence via Neural Architecture) who has variously been called a sentient robot, an android, a gynoid, and a cybernetic companion. She is modeled after a black lesbian, and designed to test hypotheses concerning the ability to download a person's consciousness into a non-biological or nanotech body. Personable and occasionally humorous, BINA48 is alternately hopeful, analytical and ambiguous. The last in Child's Trilogy of female desire, ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES reveals the comntemporary dance between metal and flesh, as humans become more mechanical (bio replacements, dependence on computers/phones) while robots, those human mirrors, aim for consciousness.