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


19th International Festival Signs of the Night - Berlin (7th Edition) / August 4-8, 2021




August 7th, 2021 - 16 h -
August 9th, 2021 - 16 h



Phantasmagoria, 1945

Karl Nussbaum
Germany, USA / 2020 / 0:11:08

"Phantasmagoria, 1945" is the story told by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels to his six young children while presenting an after-dinner slide show using a magic lantern and glass slides. It’s a children’s ghost story about propaganda and the media, a meditation on the past as a warning to the present. This film was part of a four-channel video installation presented at Schloss Rheydt – the actual castle that Goebbels was given by the town of Mönchengladbach in 1942. And this is the same town where the creator’s father was born and escaped from in 1939. The opening footage was shot at the actual castle.


Covid Messages

John Smith
United Kingdom / 2020 / 0:22:26

Based around Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 press conferences, Covid Messages focusses on the British government’s attempts to eliminate the virus through the use of magic spells and rituals.


While Thundering Around

Aleksey Postnov
Russian Federation / 2021 / 00:29:54

Zhang Yu is a flight attendant from China. She comes to Moscow, the city with different culture and different language. She definitely knows that stewardess career is not for her – she is different. But her father, a pilot-instructor, doesn’t want to understand it. He insists that she has to work in airlines, because he thinks It is the best way in her life. The whole world is full of yelling misunderstanding. The only person who can understand Yu is Yan, a photographer, who can hear only with the deaf aid.



Imprisoned Light

Chi Him Yuen
China, Hong Kong / 2019 / 0:10:45

The story happen in the future of Hong Kong which the amendment of Fugitive Offenders Ordinance passed in Hong Kong, Hong Kong citizen can be extradite to mainland China according to China law without any trial in Hong Kong. A high school student Cheung Ching, her father is a journalist who work in Hong Kong and China, he was extradited to mainland China, a social worker Sin Yu who work in Ching's school try to help Cheng but facing many obstructions from school and social organization. But the obstruction mainly from practised self-censorship. Are we have to stop to help others?



No Words

Mariam Al-Dhubhan
Yemen / 2020 / 0:05:00

"No Words' is a lyrical film that laments the poet's loss of words as to what is happening to his beloved city Taiz and the situation in Yemen. It utilizes 360-degree footage to place the audience at the camera's point of view as an observer to what is occurring in the city. The melancholic images beautifully resonate with the mournful words to create a poetic feel surrounding the ongoing conflict.