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



March 31th / 9 pm -
April 2nd / 9 pm , 2022

Useless Opera Singers
Pablo Serret de Ena
Denmark / 2021 / 0:28:37

An unknown force pushes a man to a place of extraordinary characteristics in the high Arctic. In its limits, is where he may find the answer. Between an introspective adventure and the poetry of the absurd.


Masks (Masques)
Oliver Smolders
Belgium / 2021 / 0:23:00

A filmmaker mourns the fading faces of his loved ones and evokes the ritual of masks as way of connecting to the afterlife.


Once I Passed
Martin Gerigk
United States / 2022 / 0:10:00

Walt Whitman is one of the most important poets in American literature. His main work, Leaves of Grass, was written over a period of forty years, and describes human nature, society, and the natural world, both physically and philosophically. Many have speculated about Whitman's private life, to this day. Whitman never wrote publicly about his personal relationships. In 1860, he published his poem "Once I Passed Through a Populous City", an aphoristic account of a romantic relationship with an unknown woman. In 1925, the original handwritten copy of the poem was discovered, in which Whitman writes, however, not about a woman but about an affair with a man in an anonymous city, which may have been his first physical experience of love. Whitman did not dare to publish the original version of his poem, because of the social prejudices of his time. To this day, only the altered version is printed in most anthologies. "Once I passed" is dedicated, on the one hand, to the obviously autobiographical context with all its personal drama, and on the other hand to the content of the poem itself, the profoundly quiet, yet powerful story of two lovers.



Good News, Comrades!
Lars Karl Becker
Germany / 2021 / 0:18:00

Against the backdrop of cosmic history, everything crumbles to dust anyway. An unusual view in the political West of the fleeting coincidence of our own existence. This amalgam of theoretical and aesthetic approaches-at least if it should come loose one day-should not be swallowed up. An orc of industrialisation gapes before us. Perato-optionality can be so cruel. Besides itself, capitalism also naturalises gender stereotypes and their diabolical constraints. The radical self-criticism of bourgeois society has long since run aground. What remains is the hope for an intellectual first-pass effect, which ends after the complete metabolisation of the film to question one's own position as a viewer.



Chile 1973
Mike Hoolboom, Jorge Lozano
Costa Rica / 2022 / 0:08:14

Based on a trove of photographs made by Koen Wessing, who bore the risk of documenting the streets of Santiago, even the dreaded stadium, newly filled with police backing the coup. When freshly elected president Allende began sharing resources with the poor, the reaction shot from Washington was predictably swift. One of Nixon’s oldest financiers worked for Pepsi, and coalmining interests were not far behind. In order to protect shareholders, the CIA put their favourite general in charge, a dictator who pipelined money into the American dream. But resistances old and new continued to grow, including interventions by radical feminist architect Josefina Mena Abraham, a legacy of upholding the commons that persists to this day.


Silence of the World
Il silencio del Mondo
Riccardo Palladino
Italy / 2020 / 0:08:00

A “shadowy” cinematographer, with a unique point of view and an old Beaulieu camera, find out the World as the first time, confused and uncertain about the mysterious relationship between himself and the rest of the world.


Everything We Know About You
Roland Denning
United Kingdom / 2021 / 0:06:50

"Everything We Know About You" examines 21st century issues of data control and the insidious power of social media using mid-20th century found footage and AI synthesised voices and characters. Digital corporations ensure us the information they harvest is used to deliver what we want, but is giving us what we want a form of control? Does telling us what we want to hear polarise society? Is freedom choice anything to do with freedom? And what is the secret of making your partner smile in the morning? The dominant model of propaganda and advertising was once that of insidious authorities brain-washing us to do something we previously wouldn't wanted to do. That model is now redundant; in the current era, the anonymous algorithms of transglobal business exploit us by giving us more of what we desire