Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino
International Festival Signs of the Night - Urbino

5° Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino - March 30th - April 3rd, 2022

19th International Festival Signs of the Night- Italy



Land Without God

Gerard Mannix Flynn , Maedhbh McMahon, Lotta Petronella
Irland / 2019 / 1:14:00

The story follows writer Gerard Mannix Flynn together with generations of his family who, for the first time, speak openly together about their childhood traumatic experience. They were removed from the family home and community and incarcerated in fierce children’s homes and industrial institutions run by religious catholic orders. The film examines the legacy of Institutional abuse by the Irish Church and State over the last century.




The Main Award want to honour the intensity, sensitivity, dominated anger and the formal rigour treating the story of an entire life, an extended family and a part of Irish society, a story that is still not sufficiently told and investigated today. "Land Without God" helps to illuminate.


The Signs Award for Documentary honours films, which express in a surprising and sensitive way the perturbing aspects of reality

Young and Afraid

Petter Aaberg, Svenne Kvamme
Norway / 2021 / 1:43:00

In 2017 Petter (24) decides to end his own life, but at the very last moment, is stopped by the police. His best friend and fellow film student Sverre is determined to help and suggests they make a film to keep Petter busy and focused on getting better. Equipped with a camera, they search the streets of Oslo to find out how other troubled souls deal with their lives.



The Signes Award goes to YOUNG AND AFRAID by Petter Aaberg and Sverre Kvamme for their raw and direct approach and the brave message not to lose faith in yourself, even in the darkest of times.


With our film our dream is to contribute to more openess and understanding around mental health in society. If we are alone with our darkest thoughts the lonlinesss is bigger. But if you share them with someone you trust, you may find solutions you couldn’t come up with by yourself.


The Night Award for Documentary honours films, which represent reality in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of representation and simple conclusions

Desert Lights

Luces del desierto
Félix Blume
Mexico / 2021 / 0:30:00

Some strange lights appear at night in the Mexican desert. The residents tell us what they’ve seen: fire, a fireball, lights flying, lightning falling from the sky and a flash. The singularity of each experience builds a complete story narrated by a choir of people. An encounter with this strange phenomena can be surprising, dangerous or even fatal. The night isn’t as dark as it seems. The desert is full of all kinds of living beings. This emptiness is the place for everyone. Desert Lights invites us to open our eyes wide in the twilight and to listen to the sounds hidden in the blackness. A horror movie, in the darkness of the desert.




The Night Award honours the enigmatic and innovative representation of “reality”snd also the most unusual and creative soundtrack treatment.



The Edward Snowden Award honors films, which offer sensitive (mostly) unknown information, facts and phenomena of eminent importance, for which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

The De Facto Martyr Suite

Justine de Gasquet
Switzerland / 2020 / 0:18:13

Ibn Kenyatta is in prison since 1974. In 2019, he reflects on his refusal to appear before the New York state parole board. The words resonate from his cell with images of the great migration. The invocation of a life before walls. The story takes us from Alabama, his birthplace, to the New York subway where he was arrested and beaten.




The Edward Snowden Award goes to "De facto Martyr Suite" for the important decision to give a voice to Ibn Kenyatta who was deprived of it by the US-American State.


It is an honor for "The de facto Martyr Suite" to premiere in Italy at the beautiful renaissance city Urbino. Italy is a country where I grew up and discovered cinema, with its capacity to transcend space and time. Thank you!