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 6th, 2021 - 16 h -
August 8th, 2021 - 16 h



In Campania, in the Winter

Théo Verprat
France / 2020 / 0:15:30

When I left Naples, I knew it was for ever. I would never come back. Though I left a part of myself there : in those streets, on that beach, beneath the ruins.




Aleksandra Czenczek, Magda Kowalczyk
United Kingdom / 2021 / 0:08:25

In an imagined near future, humans have lost their ability to feel, touch and smell. Deprived of physical sensations, the once human mannequins still have memories of what life was like before. As we hear their stream of consciousness through a narrated poetic text, we share the mannequins’ memories of beauty, nature and close human contact as they journey through a montage of projected images. We learn to feel what it was like to be human. The concept was conceived at the very beginning of the pandemic. With the many months of social distancing and prolonged lockdowns, the missed feelings of being human have become evermore intense.




Anna Gimein
Spain / 2020 / 1:20:00

"…I find it extraordinary that young men died there in a war that long ago, and then died in the same place three thousand years after that."
Mistress is a video art project that began with the reading of "Wittgenstein’s Mistress", an experimental novel published in the US in 1988 after its author, David Markson, received 54 rejections from different publishers.In the process, it turned into a feature-length film.
The film begins after the end of the world, the end of all living beings –humans, insects, and any creature that once crawled upon the earth. Yet this apocalypse is of no interest to us, we neither know nor care about its cause. After the end, everything remains: the knickknacks, the machines, the matches, the paintings and the books. The myths and anecdotes – these latter remain in the head of the only creature alive, a woman of a certain and uncertain age, which they inhabit together with past pain and a certain humor of her here and now. She is the mistress of the universe, “appointed the curator of all the world”.
As her fingers execute stream-of-consciousness typing, the woman’s thoughts revisit the same places, people and stories time and again, remixing them in different ways with the music she hears, if only in her head. The images mix, too: the site of Troy and footage of World War II, ancient Greek columns and her own laundry, and many of the seas of the world. And very particularly, writing: writing as in the early journalistic moving images; as in the notes traced in their scores by the hands of composers like Bach or Schubert; the letters in the notes and missives of Akhmatova, Rilke, and others; lines drawn in pencil on paper in the drawings of Modignliani or Jeanne Hébuterne or on the beach with a stick..