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

8° Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino - Aprile 10-14, 2024

22th International Festival Signs of the Night - Italy


Sala del Maniscalco
Sunday April 14, 2024
16 h

The Voice
La Voix
Robert Cahen
France / 2023 / 0:09:51

The images of this short film are linked to the concrete music by Michel Chion, and let the monologue of Saint Antoine (Pierre Schaeffer's voice) unfold and offer itself completely. The imagery, presented in parallel pictures, is intended to be earthy and close to nature, rediscovering, when necessary, the material which is offered in a metaphor surrounded by mists. At the sound of the gunshot, concrete in the music, occurs this break in the discourse, and the image, like this gunshot, finds the Asian connotation of death. And the dream raises the human form, then a face which offers itself before disappearing in the tumults of an imaginary sea. The earth seen from the sky then the sky itself take us very far “higher always”.


Cancer Alley
Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran
USA / 2023 / 0:08:58

Our newest collaboration with renowned poet Lucy English combines footage shot on location In Cancer Alley with images of nature, especially cypress groves, which are as fragile and as threatened as the Cancer Alley communities. The visuals are accompanied by a poem about what it is like to live in the small towns near the Mississippi River, between East Baton Rouge and New Orleans, which are now dominated by more than 200 chemical plants and oil refineries, sometimes literally located in residents' back yards. The cypress trees can live for more than 1000 years, if they are not chopped down for cypress mulch or their habitat destroyed. Human lifespans are much shorter, but we may not survive as a species unless we stop living as if all that matters is today, and learn to think on the time scale of the trees.



Paradise LTD
Jennifer Mattes
Austria /2024 / 0:40:16

An essayistic, powerful remix of moving images, found footage, sound and text, images are assembled into a poetic cinematic journey whose brutality and simultaneous beauty make it impossible to look away and which aims to polarize.standing at the center of a utopian architecture, to philanthropic failed concepts of life, to the dying of an already dead sea, we get to know a view of war, myths, life and death that accompanies and marks a region and determines and divides the reality of life of its inhabitants on a daily basis. We are confronted with abysses and love, with heat and cold, with hope and despair. In the end, what unites all the contrasts is a common story.




Vision d'été
Anna Crotti, Anais Landriscina, Lucrezia Giorgi
Italy / 2023 / 0:20:00

"Vision d'été" narrates the journey of a young woman in search of a new look at the world around her. In the midst of a torrid summer, in which climate change once again appears in all its unstoppable power, the protagonist, a young Frenchwoman, calls her mother, telling her in a frantic manner that she feels crushed by the city atmosphere and is about to leave for a trip. What oppresses her is not only the sultriness or the traffic, but also the weight of an alienating gentrification process: she says she is no longer able to recognise her city, Marseille. What thrill do we feel in dominating the space around us? Are there still uncontaminated places where man and his marvellous artistic creations can coexist with other natural organisms in mutual respect, or has capitalism broken the balance by gradually sucking up every space, every resource, until an imminent, as much as definitive.