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The 15th International Festival
Signes de Nuit
Lisbonne

23 November - 3 December, 2017

Universidad De Lisboa
Ruadasgaivotas6
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AWARD CELEBRATION

The Awards of the Section Short Film

Sunday, December 3, 2017 / 5 pm
Ruadas Gaivotas 6
Lisbon / Portugal

 

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Main Award :

Genaro
Jesus Reyes, Andrés Porras

  
Genaro


Genaro
Jesus Reyes, Andrés Porras

Columbia

2016 | 0:18:00


Genaro is a farmer who has been ordered by the paramilitary to deliver the dead bodies of combatants and an envelope with money to their mothers. Genaro is immune to the pain of death. His job has ripped his soul apart and he hopes for only one thing: finding a particular body amongst the dead. * Genaro est un paysan à qui l'armée a confié la mission de ramener les corps des combattants à leur mère avec une enveloppe contenant de l'argent liquide. Ce travail l'a rendu indifférent à la mort et il ne souhaite qu'une chose : trouver parmi tous ces morts le corps qu'il cherche.

PORTUGAL PREMIERE
 

Jury Statement :
Genaro brings us a story beyond life and death where as a man who delivers those who fell within the conflict in the Colombian jungle ends up relating with its own personal circumstances. The filmmaker uses serves that reality in a touching way that touches the core of our own humanity. It received the jury’s unanimous choice.

Director Statement :
First of all, thanks to show Genaro in the Festival. This had been a fantastic year to Genaro around the world. Our purpose is tell a part of a our history: bloody, sad and unjust but to the end full of hope to the victims of the conflict in Colombia. This kind of stories help to collective memory to don't make again the same horrible acts that happened in the past. It's is our job as artists to put in the eyes of the world the things that affect us like citizens and human beings. thanks a lot.

 

 
Special Mention :

Belle Ville
Jung Won-hee  
 
Belle ville


Belle Ville
Jung Won-hee

South Corea

2016 | 0:26:00


Sun-haw is a Chinese-Korean woman who works illegally in a Korean hostel in Paris. She expects her twin sister, who has just get a tourist visa to come in France. Sun-haw has planned everything: with her sister’s passport, she will finally be able to exchange her place and meet again her sick son she’s let in China. But the departure day, nothing goes as planned.

 
 

Jury Statement :
Belle Ville brings us to the City of Lights, in the very heart of Europe, where we follow a tale about racism towards a Sino Korean woman who fights to overcome her condition as an illegal immigrant. A compelling and mature story that could easily fit a feature film.


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Signs Award :

Koropa
Laura Henno

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



Koropa


Koropa
Laura Henno

France

2016 | 00:19:00


Sailing at night off the Comoros archipelago, the young orphan Patron silently follows the instructions of his "adoptive" father to become Captain: he will soon smuggle his first passengers to Mayotte. LIS PRE


LISBONNE PREMIERE
 

Jury Statement :
It is a startling and sensitive film. It was shot in a simple yet inventive way, that resorts the documentary language of direct cinema in a convincing staging of human smuggling by real people on a journey of a little boat in the darkness of the night.

Director Statement :

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Special Mentions
for the Signs Award :

The Beast
Samantha Nell, Michael Wahrmann

Mother
Mother
Simon Mesa Soto 
 
Beast


The Beast
Samantha Nell, Michael Wahrmann

South Africa, Brazil, France

2016 | 0:18:00

An ordinary day at a Zulu cultural village. Shaka, their star performer, expresses his frustrations to his co-workers as he sits on display for tourists. When he reaches the end of his tether his s protest reaches Shakespearian proportion.

 
 
Jury Statement :
The Beast is awarded a special mention or its layered integration of narrative and visual storytelling, defying the expectations of the viewer at every turn, while dealing with themes of existence as perormance, racism, social mobility, and cultural appropriation.



Madre


Mother
Mother
Simon Mesa Soto

Sweden

2016 | 0:14:00

16 year-old Andrea leaves her neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porno film.




 
 

Jury Statement :
The Mother is awarded a special mention for its approach, which is both subtle and avoiding a moralistic tone, to its story of a underage girl entering the porn film industry and the consequent psychological effects.


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Night Award :

Dadyaa - The Woodpeckers of Rotha
Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung

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


Woodpeckers


Dadyaa - The Woodpeckers of Rotha
Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung

Nepal, France

2016 | 0:16:00

Atimaley and Devi’s village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye”, the old couple faces a dilemma; to keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good? Why create anything when everything ends as dust and grime? Is it for the sake of remembrance? Is it for the immortality of the subject or the ‘artist’ itself? Or for the hope that our ‘work of art’ will one day come alive and lift our souls from this mess of life ? ‘Dadyaa’ started out as an exercise to test these very themes around an old couple in the highlands of Jumla. But once again, life happened and the wonderful mess around it helped us as directors to draw parallels between our fictious world and the reality that exists in remote Nepal.




 
 

Jury Statement :
For its cinematic weight, namely its visual strength and gripping sound design, with an unconventional approach which explores the worldwide problem of the countryside desertification with a mysterious and thrilling mythic dimension, the Night Award goes to “Woodpeckers”, by Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung.

Director Statement :
This is great news ! Our film has already played in so many places through Signes De Nuit and receiving the Night award means a lot to us.

 

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Edward Snowden Award :

Sub Terrae
Nayra Sanz Fuentes

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.


Sub Terrae


Sub Terrae
Nayra Sanz Fuentes

Spain

2017 | 0:07:00

A picture of the future, taken in the present, offering a glimpse of our fate if we remain quagmired in this system. hot in Rumichaca Market in Bogotá, this film looks at plants from a different perspective: their relationship with the cosmos and the Colombian countryside.

PORTUGAL PREMIERE
 

Jury Statement :
Sub Terrae, is awarded for connecting in a relatively simple structure the removal of dead bodies and of material waste. With sharp visual choices it contemplates the beauty of what we mostly prefer not to see. With an end that reminded us of Hieronymus Bosch’ paintings, this is a film we wish to be seen at many places.

Director Statement :
I feel extremely honour to recieve the "Edward Snowden Award" for my film "Sub Terrae", not only for what the prize defends but also because it has the name of such an important person, who with his brave acts ables all of us to live and understand more deeply this complicated and abstruse XXIst century. I also feel very happy to have been part of this festival that works for a cinema that defents film as a critical art that allows to re-think and question this world in a deep way.

 

 

Special Award :

Black Hours
Les Heures-Encres
Wendy Pillonel


Black Hours


Black Hours
Les Heures-Encres
Wendy Pillonel

Switzerland

2017 | 00:28:46


Frank burns himself to death at his job in protest against the inhumane working conditions. Two stories emerge from this tragic incident. Léa, Frank’s wife, who is searching for the truth. Igor, an employee who finds the dead body and steals the letter of protest for fear of losing his job.



PORTUGAL PREMIERE
 
Jury Statement :
Black Hours is a strong realistic story about the cruelness of people who are trapped in a system. We consider the strong performance and character of the male protangonist, and especially his deep humanity as a crucial element of the strenght of this short film. Therefor a special mention for the best real human character.

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