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Le 16e Festival International
Signes de Nuit
Paris

4 - 14 octobre, 2018

cite universitaire
Maison du Portugal
Maison du Mexique
Main d'oeuvres
 Bibliotheque Francois Truffaut
 Bibliotheque Francois Truffaut



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AWARD CELEBRATION

Cinema in trangression


The 16th International Festival Signes de Nuit
4 - 14 october 2018, Paris

Thursday 11, October, 2018 / 6 pm
Maison de Norvège
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

 

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Cinema in Transgression Competition

Main Award


Making and Unmaking of the Earth
Jessica Bardsley

  



Making and Unmaking of the Earth

 


Making and Unmaking of the Earth
Jessica Bardsley

USA
2018 | 00:17:00

"When one hears about another person's physical pain, the events happening within the interior of that person's body may seem to have the remote character of some deep subterranean fact, belonging to an invisible geography that, however portentous, has no reality because it has not yet manifested on the visible surface of the earth." --Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain This film uses Scarry's metaphor of the earth and its geology in order to explore experiences of physical and emotional pain, which can have mysterious or unexpected sources and can go unnoticed by others. Combining archival footage of earth processes with interviews of mysterious experiences of physical and emotional pain, The Making and Unmaking of the Earth turns to geology to make visible the often invisible events happening inside of people.

 


Jury Statement :
The jury awards the main prize to "Making and Unmaking of the Earth", in which Jessica Bardsley constructs a surprising combination of scientific and educational material with very personal images, featuring interview audio sequences to express deep emotions and physical pain that lead to universal questions.

Directors Statement :
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Main Award Special Mentions

Death of the Soundman
Awasarn Sound Manr
Sorayos Prapapan

To find the Day of 21st
Kieko Ikehata



Death of the Soundman

 

PARIS PREMIERE


Death of the Soundman
Awasarn Sound Manr
Sorayos Prapapan

Thailand
2017 | 00:16:00

Voices of people are often neglected, just as sound in film – the audience don’t care. Two sound recordists are working on final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone?

 


Jury Statement :
A special mention goes to “Death of the Soundman” who shows in a highly ironic and entertaining way the slow extinction and the problem of sound makers in a world flooded with digital soundscapes.

To find the Day of 21st

 

FRENCH PREMIERE


To find the Day of 21st
Kieko Ikehata

Japan
2017 | 00:13:38

The main role is played by old family photographs. Illuminated by the beam of a flashlight like the objects of a treasure hunt, these pictures that are displayed pinned to a tatami mat present a strange scene. Encouraged to solve the mystery by the enigmatic developments surrounding a date that has been lost, we cannot follow this path to the “truth.” A work in which both the monologue and visuals make use of the immense power of poetry to deliver a message.


Jury Statement :
The SPECIAL MENTION goes to To find the day of 21st by Kieko Ikehata For researching the way how to explore some of the most common phenomenons of human condition - memory and time. Tragedy and confusion tends to mix through these conditions, that's why we encourage the director to continue this endless study and realize it in cinematographic results.

Director statement :
It is a great honor for me that being selected as a special award at such a meaningful film festival. Thank you very much! This work is the culmination of the tasks that I have been working on for several years. I want to show someone "Home Videos (my growth was recorded)" my mother kept shooting. Started with such feelings, I have worked with my mother. Last year, I bore my daughter and became a mother. Right now I am making new works while recording my daughter's growth. I would be happy if I could join this festival again! Kieko IKEHATA
 
 
 
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Cinema in Transgression Competition

Signs Award


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



Nowhere

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE


Nowhere
Neli Ruzic

Croatia
2017 | 00:17:34

The experimental film NOWHERE poetically explores the personal experience of departure/return and rebuilding identities. Dramaturgy consists of two backbones - a scene portraying a sculpture "Before the dawn" by Neli Ruži? and the monument of Bogdan Bogdanovi? "The Guardian of Freedom", both of which were set up at the Klis fortress during the different moments in history, given up to entropy and social changes. The conditions in which these sculptures have been found activate the archeology of time, invisible and erased history. The film intends to use narration and visuals to depict the interweaving of personal, autobiographical and historical situations, individual and collective memories, but also the concept of identity as an unstable structure.

 


Jury Statement :
The Signs Award goes to “Nowhere” for artist Neli Ruzic´s simultaneously harsh and discursive artistic documentation about disappointed and lost hopes after the separation of Croatia from Yugoslavia and the resulting emigration of artists whose works were once symbols of the new country but have long been forgotten and have fallen victims to destruction.


Director Statement :
"Dear Dieter Wieczorek and dear members of International Jury
I am very happy that my film NowHere was honored byThe Sign Award and also very content about the statement of International Jury because it is very precise and close to what I tried to transmite with this film.
My artistic work deals with representation of history and construction of personal and collective memory, the possibility of their mutual reading through the spectrum of post-war erasure periods, collective amnesia and experiences of migration. How does the negation of part of one's own history (and thus the context of life stories) manifest in the construction of identity?
As you already know, NowHere deals with erased and invisible histories observed through this two sculptures on Fortress Klis: my sculpture Before dawn which was temporary placed but stayed there for twenty years and Bogdan Bogdanovi?´s sculpture - the monument to fallen partisan soldiers The Guardian of Freedom which was removed in 1996, just eight years after it has been permanently installed. The absurd situation of these two sculptures, one temporarily placed, forgotten and found, and other permanently installed and dismantled, opens up space for observing the paradox of time. The relationship of these two sculptures and the non-linear time flow is emphasize with mirrors interventions through visual and textual quotations of Robert Smithson’s YucatanMirror Displacements series. In addition to the concept of place-non place, the idea of ruin (absorbing cultural forms by nature) invokes the concept of entropy and above all, the spatialisation of time, all of them topics Smithson was interested in, too. The film is autoreferencial, but also kind of dialogue with other two artists, Bogdanovi? and Smithson who also have some connections in their works. The pieces of my sculpture Before dawn, I found placed aside or almost subsided into the grass. The sculpture was made on the island of Šolta in the summer of 1995 and consists of seventy 40 x 40 cm concrete plaques with handprints in the center. The palms are facing upward. In each of the plaques, the hands were imprinted by a different person.
The work was exhibited at several exhibitions between 1995 and 1996 and finally in September 1996. at the Exhibition of Sculptures on Fortress Klis. Due to the lack of organizer of the exhibition, the sculpture was abandoned but I did not insist on that either. For me the most important was the process in which were involved about 70 people, the communion and manifestations of the collective body, and not so much materiality of the sculpture. Yet, after I found it abandoned on my return from Mexico where I lived for thirteen years, my interest for this work has been renewed. Like a material witness, its current state helps me to understand the time I was not here. Time overlaps: the history context of the nineties in contemporary moment and the personal displacements, social and autobiographical is the core of this film."

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Cinema in Transgression Competition

Night Award


From the Dark Dephts
Gikan sa Ngitngit nga Kinailadman
Kiri Dalena

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



From the Dark Dephts

 

FRENCH PREMIERE


From the Dark Dephts
Gikan sa Ngitngit nga Kinailadman
Kiri Dalena

Philippinnes
2017 | 00:27:00

A woman mourns the drowning of a young communist revolutionary that took place years ago. She sinks into herself and recreates a story that coalesces memory, delirium, and forgetting.

 


Jury Statement :
The Night Award goes to Kiri Dalena for her poetic film essay, which confronts an extraordinary underwater performance with the real lives of the remaining fighters of the Philippine revolutionary movement and their inhuman living conditions in a country where political conditions tend to get worse and worse.


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Cinema in Transgression Competition

Edward Snowden Award


No wall is ever silent
Annelore Schneider, Claude Piguet
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.



No wall is ever silent

 

PARIS PREMIERE


No wall is ever silent
Annelore Schneider, Claude Piguet

Switzerland
2017 | 00:12:20

The building, a former bank, holds the leading role, whilst voices of professionals with a unique perspective on the space encourage us to observe hidden details. Through their eyes, we explore how built environment can be misused, as if every building was a spatial puzzle waiting to be solved.

 


Jury Statement :
At first glance, "No wall is ever silent" seems to have nothing to do with whistleblowing in its abstract visualization and comments, but if you consider that the protagonist is a former Swiss private bank, you will soon recall the unholy connection between money and politics.

Director Statement :

 

 


 

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