Internationales Festival Zeichen der Nacht - Berlin - International Festival Signs of the Night


18th International Festival Signs of the Night - Berlin (6th Edition) - September 16 - 20, 2020



Wednesday September 16th, 2020
17.30 h

Kino in der Königsstadt


How do you spell capitalism?

Lars Karl Becker
Germany / 2019 / 0:18:00

The work juxtaposes footage of cultural management against televisual documentary narration. The installation poses questions towards history being a human construct, problematising our authoritarian sense of being here now.



Tone Ottilie
Danmark / 2019 / 0:19:00

Frede accompanies her big sister to a queer party in the hope of winning back her ex-girlfriend. Labelled by the older girls as Babydyke, all she can do is take the plunge: Chin up and stay cool. This film describes the broad palette of interpersonal emotions with great sensitivity and dramatic intensity. In a rhythm of light and shadow, the gulf closes between own desires and the expectations of others.


Wine Lake

Platon Theodoris
Ireland, Australia / 2020 / 0:09:32


A homeless Irish alcoholic and an artistic backpacker clash on a Sydney street. The backpacker becomes the focus of her anger after she makes a wrong assumption. But his innocence catches her off guard and they quickly develop an unlikely connection over his art. Apprehensively she shares one of her poems aloud and is emboldened by his enthusiasm.


The Visit

Kristi Tethong
Canada / 2019 / 0:04:20


An impressionistic haiku-like documentary illustrating a man's first visit to his father's occupied homeland Tibet, the second least free country on earth. Assembled with 16mm hand-processed film, personal road trip footage and film archives, The Visit is an artful exploration of intergenerational loss, longing and the stifled rage within the liminal spaces of exile.


Clench my Fists

Sarah Trad
USA / 2020 / 0:05:49


“Clench My Fists” is a found-footage collage video that explores the process of growing up in an Arab family deeply affected by death and grief. Using footage from the Lebanese film “In the Battlefields,” as well as “Candy” and “The 100,” and audio from archival recorded Lebanese funeral laments, the video looks at how men and women express grief and anger under the patriarchy, as well as how trauma and childhood experiences can evolve into mental illness and patterns of behavior as adults. “Clench My Fists” is part of a larger body of work dealing with racial identity and the concept of “inherited grief;” that through biological or behavioral means, trauma is passed down through prospective family generations so that family members might experience the residual effects of trauma they did not personally witness. This body of work explores how the death of the artist’s grandfather, an Arab American, caused ripples of mental illness and skewed racial identity through her paternal family. Using filmic material that the artist used to connect with her heritage, “Clench My Fists” is part of a series of work focusing on not only decolonizing Imperialist Western understandings of the Middle East but to also show the beauty of the artist’s heritage, outside the context of her family.


When the androgynous Child

Melina Pafundi
Argentinia / 2019 / 0:09:42

When the child speaks from his or her androgyny – which is neither truth nor appearance, neither male nor female, but all at once – they will return to the places where they have belonged. He or she remembers and claims their identity as a foreigner, refugee, bilingual, rejected for not being a man or woman at all.



Haeseong Jeong
South Korea / 2019 / 0:24:33

Chased by loan sharks, a man takes desperate measures. He kidnaps a child. But the child has been abandoned by her own parents.