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Le 17e Festival International
Signes de Nuit
Paris

3 - 13 october, 2019

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



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AWARD CELEBRATION

Short Film Competition

The 17th International Festival Signes de Nuit
3 - 13 october 2019, Paris

Thursday October 10, 2019 / 6 pm
Centre tchèque
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

 

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Short film Competition

Main Award


Our Territory
Notre territoire
Mathieu Volpe

  

 

FRENCH PREMIERE


Our Territory
Mathieu Volpe

Notre territoire
Belgium

2019 | 00:21:00


hen I arrived in Rignano, the inhabitants of the Ghetto told me:" You must not keep images of our despair, it does not belong to you ". The misery of the Ghetto is the first thing I saw, the first thing I wanted to show.


 
 

Jury Statement :
Choosing a classical technique of combining stills and footage "Our Territory" goes far beyond expected. Impressive black and white photography gives a timeless testimony of life in Rignano ghetto with outstanding intimacy and subtleness. Sincere narration and precise rhythm create a complex audiovisual experience that carries a personal message of nowadays slavery without forcing the audience to shallow compassion. The jury unanimously agreed upon the decision that "Our Territory" deserves the highest recognition.

Director Statement :
Dear members of the jury, making this documentary short was a really long process : your words go straight to my heart and reward me after all these efforts. Our territory is a short documentary about the last summer of the « Ghetto », the biggest slum in the south of Italy, before its dismantling. It tells the story of my encounter with people living there, through Super8 images and still frames. The aim of my short was to give both a name and a history to all those invisible people I met there, without resorting to misery. Once again, thank you for considering my work attentively: watching it, you allowed these fragile images to exist and these stories and faces that are so often invisible to come out of the dark.

 

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Short Film Competition

Signs Award


Ambience
Wissam al Jafari
The Signs Award honors films, which treat an important subject in an original, convincing and surprising way.



 

PARIS PREMIERE



Ambience
Wissam al Jafari

Palestine

2019 / 00:15:30


Two young Palestinians try to record a demo for a Music Competition inside a noisy crowded refugee camp, while failing recording because of the chaos of the place, they discover an authentic way allow them to meet the deadline creatively.


Jury Statement :
For the sober way in which it tells the story of rather a bold situation, represented by deploying a noteworthy contrast between a rather charged context or circumstances on one hand and the cool attitude of the main character/characters on the other hand. With remarkable attention to details, used as hints to relevant issues. Dealing with reality and limitations not necessarily in an “explosive” manner reveals itself valid and constructive and moreover, as it is successfully portrayed in the movie, it creates in the viewer a kind of empathy that goes beyond clichés about war and its victims.

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Signs Awards Special Mention

Elias
Jacek Kubaczynski

Indimenticabile
Gianluca Santoni


Elias
Jacek Kubaczynski

Germany

2019 | 00:25:00


A single mother tries to care for her sick son. During the process her bold attitude gets in her way leading to fatal consequences. The film challenges the audience to take a close look and form their own judgment. Based on a true story.



Jury Statement :
It is not easy nor immediate to address sensitive issues and yet to avoid making use of sentimental formulas. “Elias” is an example of the creativity that goes beyond easy solutions. The jury appreciates the approach marked by decency and elegance in telling a true story, a story of loss and grief that could have been preventable. It sheds light in a responsible way on such an important issue as the health care system and also on human rights.


Jury Statement :

Dear Jury, thanks for the great words. The short film is not directed against the care health system. It criticized primarily the society. On the one hand, there are cases of illness that needn´t be treated immediately. On the other hand, there are bad consequences which are no longer preventable. It tears my heart when such incidents, which could easily be prevented, happen unnecessarily. Although I didn´t know the boy or the family, but after I hearing about this story, I had sleepless nights.
 
 
 

PARIS PREMIERE


Indimenticabile
Gianluca Santoni

Italy

2019 / 0:20:00


The story of Luna and Angel is an unusual story of love, which goes beyond the cages and the judgment of others.



Jury Statement :

"Indimenticabile" shows unexpected romance to tell a principal story about the fundamental human need for closeness and appreciation. Special mention f or convincing storytelling, that does not focus on words, but on what is in- between them.


 
Director Statement :
It is such a pleasure to me that our shortfilm met the Parisian audience and I really want to thank the festival organization to gave us this opportunity. I also want to thank the jury for their touching words on "Indimenticabile". Indimenticabile means Unforgettable, so I hope that somehow your audience lived a little, unforgettable, emotion, with our film. I wish all the best to Signs de Nuit and I hope to take part to this event in person next time. Hugs.
 

 

 

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Short Film Competition

Night Award


Little Boy
Kristian Pedersen

 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. 



 

PARIS PREMIERE


Little Boy
Kristian Pedersen

Norway

2018 | 00:05:00


On August 6, 1945, the sun rose twice over Hiroshima. One was the dawn of a new day. The second was the nuclear bomb code-named ”Little Boy”.

 
 

Jury Statement :
"Little Boy" is a masterfully done audiovisual creation. A combination of abstract images and atmosphere is employed in a skillful way to allude to the detonation of ”Little Boy” the atomic bomb used by the United States against Japan at the end of World War II. The film achieves a noteworthy balance between ambiguity and complexity and therefore wins the "Night award".
Director Statement :
My gratitude to the international jury. I think Little Boy has found a most fitting home as part of the Festival international Signes de Nuit family. Especially the Night Award and jury statement is an honor, and confirms that the film has been truly seen. It warms my heart that this short is traveling and connecting with an audience. Thank you for attributing these words and this recognition to Little Boy, and shining a light on the horrid tragedy that lies within. The story needs to be told over and over again. 

 

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Night Award Special Mention

Maria of the Mangroves
Maria de los Estero
Eugenio Gómez Borrero



 

PARIS PREMIERE


Maria of the Mangroves
Maria de los Estero
Eugenio Gómez Borrero

Colombia

2018 | 00:19:15 The story of a woman who, while extracting oysters from a mangrove, also unearths memories, songs and ghosts. But the mangrove that once was a larder of life has become the cemetery of those who refuse to leave the territory.




Jury Statement :
his film is an impressive demonstration of the hardships associated with collecting the Oyster for the mangrove population in Colombia. This traditional form of collecting the livelihoods of the coastal inhabitants is visualized in ways that stand out clearly from the known forms and is combined on the auditory level with memories, songs and indigenous beliefs, giving a holistic impression of this community whose chances of surviving are much better when they leave their tribal area. The jury was particularly impressed by the color expressions chosen by the director for this threat to the community.


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