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




Aslak Danbolt
Norway / 2021 / 15:00

It’s Christmas Eve, and Synnøve is searching for her drug-addicted daughter Michelle in an almost desolated city. (Synnøve and Michelle are mother and daughter in real life and play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives.)



“Mamma” offers an analysis reading on her face all the despair’s variations of a mother looking for her daughter on a festive evening (a few Christmas carols appear subtly in the soundtrack). Her gloomy wandering in the car, on foot, in the rain, in the subway, around the bars of the most sordid district of Oslo, that of drug trafficking, is painful. But “Mamma” is also a trip down memory lane suggested by family films sequences simulating a happiness of yesteryear that is impossible to catch up.


I was initially drawn to this story by seeing a loved one’s family being torn apart by one sibling’s heroin addiction. Although this has become a very personal film for me, it really belongs to Synnøve and Michelle. They play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives, but had no experience with acting before this film. They met every challenge with great courage, honesty, and integrity, and I owe the whole film to them and an amazing crew!


Above the City

Nod gorodom
Malika Mukhamejan
Kazakhstan / 2021 / 0:29:52

Shy and closed Aidana grew up in a traditional Kazakh family. The transition to a new school gradually changes her life and she increasingly understands what she wants for herself. And friendship with her classmate Jenya reveals a new side in Aidana which she did not suspect before.




The Jury would like to give a Mention to ABOUT THE CITY by Malika Mukhamejan, a beautiful film by a powerful female voice from Kazakhstan.


The Signs Award honours films, which treat an important subject in an original and convincing way

How I Beat Glue and Bronze

Kako sam pobedio lepak i bronzu
Vladimir Vulević
Serbia, Germany / 2020 / 0:30:00

The daily life of Mihajlo, a factory worker in a neglected industrial town. Testimonies about his life are given by the people around him. At times, these people are seen as part of Mihajlo’s daily routine, but after the character leaves the stage, their voices remain as the narrator. What they don’t know is that Mihajlo obsessively steals tools from the factory and suffers from lost love. And they can’t anticipate what is going to happen one morning.




A man who leads a monotonous life and works in a factory weeps quietly. This film provides a rare insight into the emotional depths of a worker. The Signes Award goes to HOW I BEAT GLUE AND BRONZE by Vladimir Vulevic for a brave and strong artistic concept that worked out brilliantly.


I just wanted to tell a story about a guy from my generation who didn't have a chance to leave a ruined small town, similar to many. It could be me and the place I grew up. I wanted to describe the kind of life without any chance for change, a life determined by social circumstances as also by ethical and economical transitions, known for their hurting impact on people. But my intention wasn't to criticize, but just to try to treat people with warm understanding and empathy.


The Night Award honours films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity characterized by enigmatic mysteriousness and subtleness, which keeps mind and consideration moving


Valéry Carnoy
France, Belgium / 2021 / 0:18:56

Thirteen-year-old Nathan is about to join Malik and his gang for a strange integration ritual.



The adroit scene design and atmospheric control elevate lead actor Mathéo Kabati's stirring performance to a breathtaking level, creating an unforgettable impression in this thrilling story. The prize of the night clearly goes to Titan by Valéry Carnoy.


Eat a Swede

Daniel Hallberg
Sweden / 2021 / 0:18:32

Would you eat human for humanity? By 2050, the global population will be 10 billion. How can we produce food without wrecking the planet? The aim of the campaign was to highlight this question, and Sweden’s answer. In the film Eat a Swede, viewers follow Erik Karlsson, a Swedish scientist with a controversial business idea: to produce and sell lab-grown human meat to feed our planet. But you know what, why eat a Swede, when you can eat Swedish!




The film entertainingly invites viewers to participate in a serious but ridiculous situation involving ordinary but important philosophical thoughts and casually offers the valuable experience of questioning what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong. "Eat A Swede" by Daniel Hallberg deserves the Special Jury Prize for his mad scientist rhapsody