International Festival Signs of the Night - Paris
Festival internatinal Signes de nuit - Paris

21e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris / 29 Septembre - 8 Octobre 2023



October 7th, 2023 - 8 pm
Maison de l´Inde - Cité universitaire
75014 Paris


From Another Side of the Sun
Oleksandr Stupak
Ukraine /2023 / 0:29:36

«From another side of the sun» A film-trilogy about war and children's lives. Etude 1. A white paper boat floats carefree on the waves. The girl looks into the water from the bridge and peacefully contemplates the reflection of the sun in the water. But everything changes instantly. The war begins. Anxiety grows with each step. And the child laughs, looking at the sun. But the one who has crossed the border goes to block the sun forever. The ship stops, the white turns black and the black turns white…
Etude 2. A white living creature plunges into black water. Quenching its thirst, it spins in a dance. The dance stops. In the dark, a ray of light outlines the egg in the quiet. Expectation. Someone is just about to show up. A shot rings out. The red flows from the white form. The shot egg disappears in the dark. A white creature appears on the black water in endless motion...
Etude 3. Spring. The ruined sculptures in the cemetery remind of the former presence of people, their suffering, the horrors that the war brought them. It seems like there are no living beings left on earth, only petrified statues and insects crawling on exanimate faces. Autumn. A ruined temple, from which the eye tries to find a way out into open space and finds only cracks and potholes. The war leaves ruins. But suddenly, amidst the dead silence, a child's cry is heard...



Joel Penner, Anna Sigrithur
Canada / 2022 / 0:19:25

A stunning visual exploration of matter in various states of microbial transformation begs fundamental questions about human cultures’ complicated relationships with other species. Wrought begins with that universal moment of disappointment: despite all best efforts, our food has gone bad! But instead of turning away in disgust, Wrought zooms in, approaching the usually hidden world of decay with curiosity and stunning time lapse photography. Spoiling dinner leftovers bloom with successions of geometric bacterial colonies. Yeasts churn and froth in the torrential flood of juice leaking from a decaying melon. Cheese is slowly engulfed by carpets of furry, green mould. But, the narrator asks, would rot by any other name still reek? In answering this question, Wrought unfolds a larger story about the ways humans create categories for the world around us that can be limiting. It explores (and challenges) terms like spoil, ferment, compost and rot as it coaxes audiences to decompose these categories and their associated binaries: self and other, human and non-human, and nature and culture. As the film title implies, we are all forged out of the relationships that transgress such binaries; we are all, indeed, wrought.


Into the Realm of the Night
Patrick Müller
Germany / 2022 / 0:05:40

The transition from day to night. It magically casts a spell over us, we glide into it like water and enjoy it: despite all its dangers: it is the night we love.


Warhol on Climate Change
Kris De Meester
Belgium / 2023 / 0:02:00

"Warhol on Climate Change" is short film that plunges viewers into an artistic alienation, capturing the enigmatic essence of Warhol's perspective on the pressing issue of climate change. Set against the vibrant backdrop of a bustling New York street, the film weaves abstract images of Warhol himself with the city's dynamic rhythms. Through a blend of fragmented visuals and dreamlike sequences, the film portrays Warhol as an observer of nature's metamorphosis in the face of environmental upheaval. As the city pulses with life, Warhol's detached yet profound gaze highlights the juxtaposition between urban vivacity and the imperceptible shifts occurring within the natural world.



Martin Gerigk
Germany / 2023 / 0:07:25

‘Demi-Goddesses’ is the second essay about still dominant dark aspects of our modern society. It is conceived as a surreal anti-patriarchal thought experiment and raises important questions about gender, power, and social change, prompting us to reflect on how historical patterns of discrimination and oppression might be either repeated or overcome in a reversed gendered world. It challenges the viewer to confront their own assumptions and biases, and to consider the possibilities of a more equitable society. Overall, the intention of the film is that it will spark conversations and inspire the viewer to imagine a world where gender is not a limiting factor. At best, the audience will leave the theater with a greater awareness of the issues and a sense of possibility for a just future.


Audiocopter and the Midnight Sun

Aaslaug Vaa
Norway / 2029 / 0:12:40

Magic occurs when the Swedish film composers Sebastian Rubinstein Öberg and Magnus Jarlbo together with the young multi-artist Emelie Markgren present new instrumental inventions in an encounter with northern Norwegian nature. Together, the two composers have created music for nearly 100 films. Sebastian Rubinstein Öberg for directors such as Jan Troell. Magnus Jarlbo composed the music for the Berlinale winner "A Soap".


Windmill Of Your Mind

Stefanie Sixt
Germany / 2022 / 0:05:38

Lifethreatening news have become a new reality in Europe. How do these news manifest themselves and influence the brains and minds of the future generation? Stefanie Sixt explores the phenomenon of transgenerational trauma that do influence ways of life and personal conditions unconciously. Markus Mehr returns in thought and emotion to the year 1973. He searches for the places in childhood that have shaped his inner stature to this day.