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The 15th International Festival
Signes de Nuit

Bangkok
Thaïland
May 7 - 9, 2017


 
Reading Room
 

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AWARD CELEBRATION

Documentary Competition


May 7 - 9, 2017

Bookhemian
Reading Room
Bangkok / Thailand

 

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Documentary Competition

Main Award


The War Show
Obaidah Zytoon & Andreas Møl Dalsgaard

  

The War Show

THAILAND PREMIERE

 


The War Show
Obaidah Zytoon & Andreas Møl Dalsgaard

Syria-Denmark-Germany-Finland

2016 | 1:34:00


In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her circle of friends join the street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, as the Arab Spring reaches Syria. Knowing their country would be changed forever, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future will be tested by violence, imprisonment and death. Obaidah leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the centre of the rebellion in Homs, and to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism. A deeply personal road movie, the film captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.


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Documentary Competition

Special Mention
for Main Award

The Horn
Frederik Jan Depickere



The Horn

ASIA PREMIERE

 


The Horn
Frederik Jan Depickere

USA, Belgium, Colombia
2016 | 0:50:00


A haunting, disturbing gaze into the mind of a sociopath, against the backdrop of the European immigration crisis As a human being, aka “The Horn” - a former Colombian guerrilla commander - leaves much to be desired. Based on the principles laid out in Sergey Nechayev´s infamous Revolutionary Catechism, he cheated, extorted and murdered, up until reaching absolute self-fulfillment in the Far North of Sweden. A haunting, disturbing gaze into the mind of a sociopath, against the backdrop of the European immigration crisis



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Documentary Competition

Signs Award


Dum Spiro Spero
Pero Kvesic
The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in a surprising way sensible and perturbing aspects of reality.



Dum Spiro Spero

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Dum Spiro Spero
Pero Kvesic

Croatia
2016 | 0:50:00


"Dum spiro spero is a Latin saying meaning ‘while I breathe, I hope’. Until this day it has remained the motto of those who refuse to quit until the very last breath. Intertwining daily life, books and death, the author speaks about losing strength and the strength to cope with the loss. Everybody die the moment they are born, which is the greatest reason why to understand the values of life and enjoy the joys it gives. The acclaimed writer after a series of book made his first film and his literati experience spoke in a cinematic language that reaches the level of his literature. Details of ordinary surrounding and daily life fit in with the story they engender. This film is to a great extent a one-man show, because next to the script and directing, the author also filmed all the material and played the mouth harp."



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Documentary Competition

Special Mention
for Sign Award

A Concrete Cinema
Luz Ruciello



A Concrete Cinema

THAILAND PREMIERE

 


A Concrete Cinema
Luz Ruciello

Argentina
2017 | 1:17:00


Omar is a humble bricklayer, fragile-looking, thin and ungraceful. He began to build a movie theatre above his home, all by himself and without telling anyone. It took him four years. He opened the cinema with a projector from 1928, got the seats from the old village cinema and set up the screen painting a canvas that his wife helped him hang. This room became his refuge. After 10 years of trying to keep it running, his brothers decided to sell the land where Omar's house and theatre were. He had to move.Omar did not give up and started again. Like an ant, slowly and quietly.


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Documentary Competition

Night Award


Two Way Jesus
Jet Leyco

 The Night Award for Documentary honors films, which represent reality in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of representation and simple conclusions.



Two Way Jesus

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Two Way Jesus
Jet Leyco

Philippines
2016 | 0:12:00


In "Two Way Jesus", reality conquers fiction, and versa. The people of Cutud, Pampanga - celebrates the annual "Maleldo", the Crucifixation of Jesus Christ. This seemingly voyeurism approach tackles its participants and observer, religion and culture, and the power of new media in between.

 



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Documentary Competition

Special Mention
for Award

Resplandor
Fernando Priego Ruiz



Resplandor

ASIA PREMIERE

 


Resplandor
Fernando Priego Ruiz

Argentina
2017 | 1:17:00


Camilo Peña an old gaucho from Patagonia decides to remain taking care of his animals in the wild side of the river, isolated, at the foot of los Andes in spite of knowing that the illness that affects his eyes, sooner or later will transform his world in a blinding radiance.


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Documentary Competition

Edward Snowden Award


A 157
Behrouz Nouranipour

The Edward Snowden Award honors films, which offer sensible (mostly) unknown informations, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.



A 157

THAILAND PREMIERE

 


A 157
Behrouz Nouranipour

Iran

2015 | 1:13:00


One of the most horrifying Isis operations was the physical and cultural genocide of the Yezidi Kurds in Iraq. After conquering the Shingal region west of Mossul the terrorist militia began to systematically kill the male population while thousands of children, girls and women were kidnapped, enslaved, forced into marriage or raped. A157 is a filmmaker look at three pregnant girls recounting their stories of war, violence and sexist conquest in a land where people have no more dreams.


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