City of Signs

  • Spain
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In March 1980, César Alarcón traveled to Pompeii on an ambitious project: to collect 'psychophonies' - electronic voice phenomena - from Vesuvius’s great eruption that destroyed the city. After listening to all of his recordings, he finds that none contain sounds from the year 79 AD. However, one of the tapes caught a much more recent and peculiar bit of conversation that César had heard somewhere before.

City of Signs is a journey through the films of Italian director Roberto Rossellini. His movies were a stiletto opening the breach through which all modern film would later pass. The spaces he used as locations in his films still conserve signs from the shooting, signs that form part of an immense city constructed behind both the living and the dead.

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  • Original title
    La Ciudad de los Signos
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Samuel Alarcón, Mercedes Cebrián, Juan Pablo Heras
  • DOP
    Javier Cardenete
  • Editing
    Héctor Rodriges
  • Music
    Eneko Vadillo
  • Sound
    Mitsuo Nakata, Gésesis Candela
  • Duration
    62 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Spain
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Documenta Madrid 09 Sección oficial de largometraje de creación.
    • Muestra de cine del Atlántico Alcances Cádiz 09. Sección oficial de largometrajes.
    • Festival internacional de cine de Ourense 09. Sección oficial de documentales.
    • Muestra de cortometrajes Cortomieres 10. Sección oficial de no ficción.
    • Festival de cine de Madrid PNR 09. Sección oficial fuera de concurso.
    • Marfici. Muestra de cine de Mar del Plata 23. Mar del Plata. Argentina. Sección Oficial.
    • Festival de cine Latinoamericano de LLeida 10. Sección oficial de documentales.
    • Festival Planet Doc 10. Varsovia, Polonia. Sección informativa.
    • Festival de cine pobre de Cuba 2010. Sección oficial.
    • Athens Ohio Film Festival 2010. Sección Oficial.
    • Pattras independet Film Festival 2010. Patras, Grecia. Sección oficial.
    • Festival Internazionale di Ischia 2010. Sección Informativa.
  • Awards
    • Audience award. Documenta Madrid 2009
    • Special mention of the jury. Alcances Cádiz 2009
    • Special mention of the jury. Cortomieres 2010 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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