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The 16th International Festival
Signes de Nuit
Lisbon

16. Festival Internacional
Signos Da Noite

January 4 - 7, 2019

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AWARD CELEBRATION

The Awards of the Section Short Film


January 2019
Lisbon / Portugal

 

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Main Award :

Skogafoos
Niels Bourgonje

  
Skogafoss


Skogafoss
Niels Bourgonje

Netherlands, Iceland

2017 | 0:10:00


While on vacation with his girlfriend, Gijs receives a phone call from his mother, that reveals her troubled mental state and their complex relationship.

LISBOA PREMIERE
 

Jury Statement :
“Skogafoos” is distinguished with the main award for fiction film for the simplicity with which it treats a very serious human issue: the limitations of love.

Director Statement :
Is the following helpful as a comment: I am extremely honored to win this award. This film was made by a small group of passionate filmmakers who wanted to tell a story that is very much about love. In this case loving someone who is struggling with mental illness. We tried to give a voice to millions of people who are making sacrifices on a daily basis, just because they want to help. And by winning this award, we know their voices are being heard. I would like to thank the jury for this amazing honor and by helping us to raise awareness of the issues.

 

 
Special Mention :

Hector's Nightfall
Ariel Gutiérrez  
 

Hector's Nightfall

 

PORTUGAL PREMIERE


Hector's Nightfall
(Los Tiempos de Hector)
Ariel Gutiérrez

Mexico

2018 | 0:29:00


Hector is a lonely man who assists suicides in Mexico City. Monica is a young woman who longs for death. Their encounter will unleash unsuspected consequences for both.

 
 

Jury Statement :
“Hector’s Nightfall” is a kind and gentle film. Well directed, well written and wonderfully interpreted. It got an honorable mention for the fiction’s main award but could very well have taken the price.

 

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Signs Award :

May Day
Olivier Magis

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



May Day


May Day
Olivier Magis

Belgium

2017 | 0:22:00


In Thierry's living room, several people have gathered. None of them know each other but they are all there to try and fulfil the same dream. They want to find a job... and quickly. But we're in Brussels, so nothing goes quite as planned. LIS PRE


LISBOA PREMIERE
 

Jury Statement :
“May Day” receives the Signs Award for the original treatment of a very contemporary issue, which affects people across generations: the lack of properly paid work. The quality of dialogues, camera work and acting were important factors in the attribution of this award.

 

 
Special Mention
for the Signs Award :

Caroline
Logan George, Celine Held

Caroline

 

PORTUGAL PREMIERE


Caroline
Logan George, Celine Held

USA

2018 | 0:12:00

In the middle of a hot Texas summer, plans for a babysitter fall through and six-year-old Caroline is left in charge of her two younger siblings.

 
 

Jury Statement :
“Caroline” receives an honorable mention for its original treatment of a very broad theme, the intricacies of our social rights and duties. It is worth mentioning the brilliant dynamics between all the actors.

 

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Night Award :

Kampung Tapir
Aw See Wee

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.


Kampung Tapir

LISBOA PREMIERE


Kampung Tapir
Aw See Wee

Malaysia

2017 | 0:17:10

A Sunday afternoon, migrant worker Anne and her husband leave their five years old daughter from Kampung Tapir (Tapir Village), Malaysia.On the way to Singapore, the bus their ride hit a wild Malayan tapir which wanted to cross the road, but no one is eager to save it.In the struggling of choosing a country to settle down, Anne founds that she is like this endangered species, still drifting places to find their own better life.



 
 

Jury Statement :
The jury awards the film “Kampung Tapir” for the sensitive look on the reality of a family from a Malaysian village that struggles to make a living in a ever changing world. A general loss of connections also manifests itself, with characters that drift away from the ones they love. It’s a film about the unseen and forgotten stories of contemporary life.

 

 
Special Mention
for the Night Award :

Swamp
Tierra Mojada
Juan Sebastián Mesa
 


Swamp
Tierra Mojada
Juan Sebastián Mesa

Colombia

2017 | 0:17:00

Oscar and his family live in a humble, countryside house threatened by a massive hydroelectric project. In the face of uncertainty and sorrow at being forced to leave the ground where they were born, his grandparents decide to end it all.




 
 

Jury Statement :
“The Jury highlights the film "Tierra Mojada" for the poetic look at an Amazon forest threatened by deforestation. A film that stands out for the attention it gives to the various elements of nature, culminating in a forest that turns red, as if it itself gained consciousness of its eminent end.

 

 


 

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