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 27h / 4 pm -
29th / 4 pm 2021



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.



North Star

Louis J Hock
United States / 2021 / 0:25:59

A metaphorical narrative in which the character is left alone at his post indefinitely to ponder the existential. In his hopefulness he resorts to a mystical exploration.




Alessandro Di Maio
Italy / 2021 / 0:10:00

Bardo in Tibetan means intermediate state, and indicates the condition of transition between two states. This film is a journey that reflects on the concepts of Life and Death, of Transition, of Life as a Dream, and of all the illusions that manifest in our lives. It is an invitation to connect with a deeper sense of understanding, found within the space between each sound and image. The audiovisual stream becomes a resonating bridge to the Unseen and Unheard, to a knowledge we know exists, but of which we are habitually unaware. There is an alternative way of experiencing this film, which is to watch it twice, first blindfolded, and then with eyes open. By removing the sense of sight the first time, much more attention is given to the sound stream. Stripped of their ability to "see" outwardly, the audience gains space to picture moments and memories according to their own sensibility. This internal manifestation, this dance of light and color that occurs in the "mind’s eye" in reaction to the soundscapes, becomes a shadow-play of subconscious imagery, replacing "the real" imposed by the eye, by "the possible one" suggested by the ear. As such, the ear becomes the new "sensitive eye", one which is born out of the enhanced combination of external sounds and internally perceived light. The sound will break this light into rarefied shadows, and will introduce the listener to one of the main topics of the film: reality, as we know it, could be nothing but a dream.




Masters of the Land

Jan Locus
Belgium (Mongolia) / 2021 / 0:14:00

The rise of mining made post-communist Mongolia the fastest growing economy in the world in 2012. However, the poor were not profiting from this booming industry, and climate change plus overgrazing were leading to vast desertification. According to Mongolian shamanistic belief violation of nature by men provokes the anger of the ruling spirits or the ‘masters of the land’. Texts by shamaness Kyrgys Khurak and Hungarian poet Ferenc Juhasz, who experienced the painful initiation of a shaman in 1957, cut the medium long shots. Interweaving the rich spiritual Mongol tradition with a visual portrait of the country, Masters of the Land submerges the viewer in an intoxicating finale.



Michel Pavlou
Norway / 2020 / 0:03:47

Lilith, the fairy, the black moon, banished wife from men and their gods whom she claimed to be equal, a wandering madonna of Aleppo and Gaza, light trickles through the folds of her veil, makes her pellucid, crystalline.



The Dream Machine

Michael William West
France / 2021 / 0:09:29

A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken.



Life Is a Two-Way Dream

Eallin lea guovttesuorat niehku
Gjert Rognli
Norway / 2020 / 0:08:00

The film "Eallin lea guovtte suorat niehku — Life is a two-way dream" shows the way in a world undergoing rapid change, with polarisation and globalisation going in many directions. We are in an age marked by adoration of youth, fixation on the present and extreme individualism. What we do today will affect the way people live in the future. The wisdom from the shaman’s worldview from the old Sami religion helps weave together another interpretation and story.



James Edmonds
Germany / 2020 / 0:10:09

The flesh of time, strands of the present, in constant becoming and disappearance. One reel for each season, exposed between 2016 and 2017. Leitmotifs of flora, providing some unity within each season, as a reflection on its atmosphere and passing presence.



Twenty Times

Caroline Rumley
USA / 2020 / 0:02:57

When it is, or is not, safe to be in your own backyard.




Let My Body Speak

Madonna Adib
United Kingdom / 2020 / 0:10:18

This documentary is a personal and intimate journey exploring the repression experienced by the filmmaker during her childhood when she faced sexual control in a Damascus also experiencing a growing socio-political repression in the late 80s early 90s. Through the creative use of family archive in Damascus mixed with current footage of her body she reconstructs the pain of the past absorbed by her body.