The Laplacès Demon (second feature)

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The Laplacès Demon (Il demone di Laplace)

The Laplacès Demon (Il demone di Laplace)

The Laplacès Demon (Il demone di Laplace)

original title:

Il demone di Laplace

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festivals & awards:

  • Fajr International Film Festival 2018: Retrospective of Italian Cinema
  • Anchorage International Film Festival 2017
  • Noir In Festival 2017: Special Events
  • Fantasia International Film Festival 2017: Audience Award (Silver Prize): Most Innovative Feature Film
  • L’Etrange Festival 2017: Out of Competition
  • Screamfest 2017: Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Visual FX, Best Special FX
  • Horrorthon Dublin 2017
  • Nantes Utopiales 2017: in Competition
  • Stuff MX 2017: in Competition
  • Night Visions 2017

A glass in free fall. Have you ever thought if it is possible to calculate into how many pieces it can break into? After numerous experiments, a team of researchers succeeds in doing just this apparently impossible task.
Attracted to their experiment, a mysterious professor invites the scientists in his isolated mansion to know more about their studies. However, when they arrive, they are not greeted by their host but they are faced with a strange model of the mansion, in which some absolutely normal but incredible actions are acted. The researchers will soon understand to be involved in a new experiment in which they’ll have to play a very different role than usual: that of the glass in free fall.

Does free will exist? Or is there a predetermined destiny for each one of us?
For thousands of years the man has been faced by this question, without finding satisfactory answers. On the issue, about two centuries ago, Pierre Simon Laplace, a French mathematician and philosopher, took an extreme stand: the universe is a huge clock and all entities, including humans, act as cogs. So there isn’t free will. Based on this theory, “The Laplace’s Demon” is born. It’s a thriller about destiny and free will, simulating a reality ruled by deterministic laws in a simple way, thanks to a story rich of paradoxical situations, in which philosophy isn’t the main theme of the movie, but rather an engine that starts the story and overwhelms the characters.