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


8. Internationales Festival Zeichen der Nacht / Berlin Edition
21th International Festival Signs of the Night / Worldwide

November 1 - 5, 2023
Kino in der Königstadt - - Space : movie members GmbH - Saarbrücker Straße 24 - Berlin Prenzlauer Berg




Space Movie Member

Saturday November 4 --- 18 h (6 pm)


The Life We Live Is Not Life Itself

Ian Gibbins
Greece / 2021 / 0:08:45

“The life we live is a series of illusions… a fleeting smile… mistaken decisions… dangerous, unpredictable… yet, we will meet again, as lovers… parents… children… and you will know who I am…” Tasos Sagris’s poem, with its haunting soundtrack by Whodoes, offers us an extended exploration of lives lived in parallel, at cross-purposes, in and out of love, around the world, from the innocence of children to the wisdom of elders. There are the good times when summer seems to last forever, and the bad, when persecution and misadventure could land us in prison, with nothing but rain to hear our voice. But what is the reality? What is mere illusion? Can there be more to life than simply living?


La Force

Alberto Baroni
Italy / 2022 / 0:08:40

«Dear friend, I gather the last shadows, the last lights, before my sight leaves me completely. As long as I have strength, I will continue to travel and write to you. Who knows what awaits me beyond the darkness». Are these words, that open La Force (aka The Force, in the Major Arcana of the Tarot), addressed to me (to us)? Or are we "merely" accidental witnesses/spectators to a video letter correspondence (reminiscent of Sandor Krasna's in Chris Marker's Sans soleil) whose sender and recipient are unknown? Whatever our role in this correspondence is, we cannot remain indifferent to the intensity of images and words. Smoky, blurred, saturated-colored images of an India that appears to us more dreamed than seen, reflected in a distorted mirror. And words which never occupy the space of the discourse "obstructing it," they rather creep into images, producing melancholic, poetic sparks.



The Great Basin! Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Desert

Eric Weeks
United States / 2023 / 0:15:00

A film, book and print project that addresses climate change, the severe drought in the Western United States, gun culture, the military’s use of the basin and range of Nevada for atomic testing, cultural stereotypes, my own personal history, and my experiences in this mostly remote area. In the 15 minute short film I am creating complex collages of my still and motion captures made in Nevada with appropriated short clips from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, recent weather footage, The Lone Ranger, as well as John Wayne’s and other historic films, cartoons, and many other cultural artifacts, in order to speak to the place and its significance




Julien Lahmi
France / 2023 / 0:09:00

Inspired by Romy Schneider's revelations about her childhood, this film imagines the monstrous forms that may have hanted her nightmares and upset her psyche. When the truth can't come out, we make it into a monster.



Follow Me Quietly

Wheeler Winston Dixon
United States / 2023 / 0:04:32

“Don't follow me; I'm lost.” – U.G. Krishnamurti



My Digital Truth

Swen Werner
United Kingdom / 2023 / 0:09:01

A banker in present day London on a quest for knowledge, battling illness, and forming an eerie alliance with ChatAI, blurring the lines between reality and the digital world.



Under the Midnight Sun

Mélissa Faivre
France / 2022 / 0:09:52

"Under the Midnight Sun" is a dance of light and shadows, textured grayscale expanding across the landscape of an apocalyptic city. The sun is moon and light. It unveils itself by means of visual pulsating dynamics, unstable frequencies and vibrating rhythms; until it disintegrates into particles and pixels, and vanishes into darkness. This visual-musical piece is dark, worrying and calls to sensorial explorations into deeper energies.


Negative / Positive Film

Film Negativo / Positivo
Federica Foglia
Italy / 2023 / 0:14:00

Negative/Positive Film is a hand-made, camera-less collage film composed of layers of erotic 16mm films from 1920s, 1940s and 1970s, intermingled with nature documentaries and layers of organic materials. This visual abstraction merges together both positive black-and-white film, and its negative black-and-white counterpart - on the same film base. This allows the film to exist in two versions, one positive and, the other negative. The artist once again uses the very delicate technique she has been perfecting over the past years of Emulsion Grafting, also known as Emulsion Lifting. The film is as an abstract remediation of female bodies dislodged from their original erotic context and, ripped away from their male co-protagonists. The man is removed from the picture, while the female body slowly merges with the body of insects and flowers at the crossroad between eco-criticism, decorative art, sculpture, and cubism. This unique film uses organic material, melted together with gelatine emulsion, first liquified then re-solidified, to produce a crystallized allegory of womanhood.



Competition Short Film, Cinema in Transgression, Documentary - Focus and Thematic programs