International Festival Signs of the Night - Bangkok lnternational Festival Signes de Nuit - Bangkok


9th International Festival Signes de Nuit - Bangkok - July 22-30, 2023

21th International Festival Signs of the Night - Thailand

Bangkok - The Spirit of Opening

The Festival Signs of the Night - The Spirit of Independence


Through the Window

Chuang tai ri zhi
Xiao Yang, Sisi Chen
China / 2022 / 0:30:00

A video diary of a surreal lockdown made by a filmmaker couple trapped in a small rented Shanghai apartment. In the face of sheer madness, the camera gradually breaks free from the window and observes a vast social isolation unprecedented in the country's history.




The most fascinating aspect of this movie is not only the intense lockdown imposed by the Chinese government but also the various forms of resistance from people, both humorous and serious. Simultaneously, the use of found footage from different perspectives creates a captivating and heart-stirring experience, presenting events that have detached themselves from reality in the clips. It's a broader and deeper perspective, showcasing the enthralling use of art for documentation and resistance.


Cercate Ortensia

Pauline Julier
Switzerland / 2021 / 0:16:30

The video work Cercate Ortensia is an oration on disappearance, loss and disaster, but also an ode to resistance and freedom. In a powerfully evocative montage, Pauline Julier uses material from archives both personal and borrowed to construct a layered, critical reflection on our fields of perception and relationship with the environment. Cercate Ortensia is shot through with the precariousness and disruption brought about by the pandemic situation. In this tale, spatial and temporal disorientation, breath, air, fire and embers become philosophical tools for multiplying perspectives. Pauline Julier envelops us in a narrative whose lyricism and tone shift as they come into contact with the elements surrounding them, like the hydrangeas.




Pauline Julier offers us dream-like experiences while our consciousness is still awake, with a series of narrative recollections divided into four stories. You will find yourselves diving into a common ground and discovering that all tales (notwithstanding the texts) are related to each other. Not surprisingly, Cercate Ortensia portrays its finest craftsmanship by illustrating our dream experiences as inseparable vertical layers, in contrast to regular narrative orders in horizontal lines, making them communicable to the outside party


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

Go Ahead and Look

Saeid Dorrani
Iran / 2021 / 0:14:13

In spite of resistance from Brandon, Rupert wants to look inside the chest. He doesn't know exactly what's waiting for him in there.




Outstanding, by aesthetic in accumulative juxtaposition of found footage from well-known feature films and directly communicate to audiences, worst by moral value, as a result out of common ground which those selected pieces of clips that questioning at which extent that one man claim his right to commit murder, homicide, slaughter up to the larger range and more severe case of massacre and homicide, that performed by the state in history of mankind. Dorrani' s admirably achievement in creating modern-age version of cuneiform language , by moving images.


Treat an important subject in an original and convincing way, this sentence that came in the description of the sign award was the main goal of Go Ahead and Look, as a film that came out of the heart of the Corona epidemic. In a period where the film projects we had hoped for were sidelined one by one, Go Ahead and Look was an attempt to not stand still and create newer ways of telling stories when the old ways have been closed to us. As an Iranian, Go Ahead and Look in the time when death surrounds us in its many forms, is an attempt to move in the past of violence and death, reach its present and look at its future, through the history of images.


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

The Guardians of Refuse: A Short History of Rubbish

Die Hüter des Unrats. Eine kurze Geschichte des Abfalls
Susann Maria Hempel
Germany / 2022 / 0:11:10

The possibility of (re)constructing human history now no longer takes place in archives alone, it has instead moved into the realm of rubbish. But what if, under modern concepts of an efficient recycling system, there is no more waste? Then the past of our present will no longer be detectable in the future. In order to survive, rubbish must therefore seek alternative places of refuge. And it finds them within living organisms that inhabit the depth of the oceans... i





Using the method of changing perspectives on memory and archiving, the exploration of new possibilities of historical aspects has been accomplished through not just remembering, but also forgetting. It is about reconstructing and creating anew the things that have been forgotten, which turn into evidence of existence that hasn't been recorded. Rubbish transforms into objects in the museum, and the shadow of that memory radiates light.


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

Negative / Positive Film

Film Negativo / Positivo
Federica Foglia
Italy / 2023 / 0:14:00

"Negative/Positive Film" is a hand-made, camera-less collage film composed of layers of erotic 16mm films from 1920s, 1940s and 1970s, intermingled with nature documentaries and layers of organic materials. This visual abstraction merges together both positive black-and-white film, and its negative black-and-white counterpart - on the same film base. This allows the film to exist in two versions, one positive and, the other negative. The artist once again uses the very delicate technique she has been perfecting over the past years of Emulsion Grafting, also known as Emulsion Lifting. The film is as an abstract remediation of female bodies dislodged from their original erotic context and, ripped away from their male co-protagonists. The man is removed from the picture, while the female body slowly merges with the body of insects and flowers at the crossroad between eco-criticism, decorative art, sculpture, and cubism. This unique film uses organic material, melted together with gelatine emulsion, first liquified then re-solidified, to produce a crystallized allegory of womanhood.




This movie is not like any other movies, but more like a beautiful art collage in every frame. In a world where advancements in visuals and cinematography have made it easy and sharp, at times, everything seems repetitive and lifeless. Watching this movie is like being pulled back to see the surface and reconnecting with the senses of touch once again.


Echodrome (Nighttime at the Well)

Echorome (Nachts I'm Bach)
Gudrun Krebitz
Austria / 2022 / 0:16:00

Attention. This is an announcement coming from another world.



The movie took us deep into the realm of a young woman's thoughts. We weren't sure what she had encountered in her life, but the juxtaposition of footage and drawings depicting certain emotional states in the film worked intensely . It felt surprisingly impactful and profoundly relatable. The movie made us reflect on the constant flow of thoughts that never seem to stop, whether we are awake or dreaming. These thoughts meander like water in a basin, and as much as we try to shout them out, the echoes come back in full force. If this movie were like a diary of someone we had the chance to read, we would wish for her to breathe freely and let everything flow into this film like a drainage pipe.

Competition Short Film, Cinema in Transgression, Documentary