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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

Documentary Competition



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

Sunday October 13, 2019 / 8 pm
Maison du Japon
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

 

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Long Documentary Competition

Main Award


Congo Lucha
Marlène Rabaud
  

Women with Gunpowder Earrings

 


Congo Lucha
Marlène Rabaud

Belgium, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
2018 | 01:24:00

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a group of Congolese youths has stood up without arms against their President who was determined to cling to power. As they fought, they have learned that success comes with a price. They are called La Lucha. 

 


Jury Statement :
In this deep portrait of a young Congolese group, the camera gives us an intimate look behind the scenes of some of the most important political activists who are willing to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, and thus successfully achieve their main goal, the resignation of long-time Congolese President Kabila. The jury was impressed by the long-term close personal contact between the filmmaker and the protagonists of La Lucha, who in this way became very familiar to the viewers.
A deep portrait of young Congolese political activists, who strive for restoring democracy using gentle and peaceful methods. The jury was impressed by the long-term close personal contact between the filmmaker and the protagonists of La Lucha, who in this way became very familiar to the viewers. "Congo Lucha" intimately shows us the fundamental principles of freedom and sacrifice.
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Long Documentary Competition

Signs Award


La vida en común
Ezequiel Yanco
 The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in a surprising way sensible and perturbing aspects of reality.



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PARIS PREMIERE


La vida en común
Ezequiel Yanco
France, Argentina
2019 | 01:10:00

A puma stalks Pueblo Ranquel, an indigenous community in the middle of the desert. Uriel (11) and Isaías (13) are friends. They feed the dogs, and the teenagers take them to hunt. But a conflict appears between them because Isaías wants to hunt the puma, however the older ones don’t allow him because he is too young. Luana (12) arrives to the community and she also generates a silent rivalry between them. Finally, Isaías is accepted among the teenagers. In one of the hunting outputs, they wound the animal without killing it. Now, they just have to follow the blood trail and finish it. Growing up is going hunting, but Uriel feels himself more attached to the wounded animal and awaits the storm, so the water can erase its footprints.

 

 


Jury Statement :
A hybrid film seen through the eyes of a young boy set in an indigenous community in the middle of a desert.   The jury was touched by the cinematographic storytelling, its pace as a slow narrative and its child’s perspective by which the story develops with almost no adults around. The film offers a sensitive and perturbing observation in the protagonist's universe where growing up means hunting.


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Long Documentary Competition

Night Award


Genesis 2.0
Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

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



Over the Limit

Genesis 2.0
Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
Switzerland
2018 | 01:53:00

On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters are searching for the tusks of extinct mammoths. There is a gold rush fever in the air. The price for white gold has never been so high. The thawing permafrost not only releases precious ivory. The tusk hunters find a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass. Such finds are magnets for high-tech genetic scientists. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”. Resurrecting the mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution. Man becomes Creator. Genesis two point zero.

 

 


Jury Statement :
"Genesis 2.0" is a fascinating journey around the world. Two main storylines - the hunt for mammoth ivory and scientists playing God with DNA - are subtly interconnected to show the critical point of scientific progress. This remarkable investigation brings up very serious ethical questions and reveals the near future threats for mankind caused by greed and pride.

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