“Festival International Signes de Nuit”

Curated by Dieter Wieczorek, festival director

This is a screening programme of experimental shorts specially curated for KLEX 2013: Metamorphosis. The Festival International Signes de Nuit shows films and audio-visual works coming from all over the world, which test new audio-visual languages and in the same time are interested in current problems and situations of present societies. The purpose is to establish a global communication which escapes from the simplifications of the mass-media. The special artistic forms of these films, which combine sound, image, movement, rhythm, text, space, surprising perspectives and different time structures carry not only an aesthetic purpose, but also broaden the possibilities of communication and understanding between people coming from very different mental, social and physiological backgrounds. To create this international sensitization facing the negative consequences mass communication and stereotypes seems to us a necessary responsibility of the modern cinema and audio-visual production.





Karsten Krause
Germany, 2009, 0:12:35

“A woman is walking towards her husband’s camera through four decades. A love story on small gauge film accompanied by the voice of another woman, reading a poem by E. E. Cummings.Touching and poetic.”


Gérard Cairaschi
France, 2013, 0:07:00

“Carried by a song, images and fragments of narration intertwine. Simulacrum, magical or religious ritual, ritual of death or rite of passage, nothing is explicit in the action that deploys amongst the characters, between the extreme proximity and, at the same time, the absolute distance expressed by the gestures and bodies.”


Mihai Grecu
Romania, 2011, 0:08:00

“Apocalyptic and grotesque vision about the end of human history.”


Werner Biedermann
Germany, 2012, 0:04:00

“Human life might be regarded as a round dance of mer coincidence, or as the result of either natural, or spiritual determination. In the format of found footage, the film ‘The Metrics of Coincidence’ presents the essence of a possible design of a biography. By a kind of patch¬worked parcours through film history, series of frames have been removed from their original context and rearranged into a new one. Thus a ‘biography’ has been composed: one that is possible only by the means of film montage and the viewer’s imagination.”


Sylvia Schedelbauer
Germany, 2007, 0:05:00

“A montage of mid-century found footage: mysterious strands are obsessively braided to create a poetic reflection about an anxious interplay of memory and projection.”


Line Klungseth Johansen
Norway, 2011, 0:05:00

“All noise contains coloured particles of different substance and meaning. Fragile and sensi¬tive, the fragments glide into abstract lines, colours and composition, creating Flimmer.”


Bakary Diallo
France, 2011, 0:07:00

“Tom is an imaginary tale, it recalls the literal nature of the word bambara: a territory desert¬ed because of the war. Conflict in arms and conflict in minds. It is the story of a psycholog¬ically disturbed character by his subjective experience of violence. He leaves his room and through a village ravaged, abandoned, it is inhabited by the spirits of those who lived there. They are represented by ghosts, ectoplasm, characters in flame and smoke. They perform everyday movements closer to reality.”


Cristina Miranda
Brazil, 2010, 0:05:00

“O SAL DA LUA is a short move about the cost of the colonial presence in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. The film mixes images of Rio and Paris, how to draw a disturbance among the two cities, through a night journey made by a female character who walks through the city to the sea.”


Hisham Bizri
Lebanon, 2011, 0:05:00

“This is a film poem about love. A Lebanese-American filmmaker photographs a woman in Paris: as a trapeze artist, a model, a lover, and a child. The film attempts to capture that mo¬ment between wakefulness and dream. It carries within it melancholy and loneliness, sadness and joy, adulthood and childhood. It evolves out of the metaphor that life is a circular journey whose end is “to arrive where we started / And know that place for the first time” (T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding).”



Founder and Artistic Director of Signes de Nuit – Festival of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Creation and Documentary Art, Dieter Wieczorek is a member of FIPRESCI. Having studies in philosophy,literature, sociology, political science, history and art theory, he has worked as free contemporary art and culture critic and later film critic. After having created installations and performances in the ’90s, in 1999 he founded the “Commission of Situation Creation”, an international network of “creation of strange situations in public spaces”. In 2003, he founded Signes de Nuit and since then, beside the main festival, around 120 selected programs have been shown out door in up to now 28 countries. He lives in Paris.