Serena Gramizzi, Laurence Ansquer, Bram Crols
Bo Film, supported by Ministero della Cultura, Tita Productions, Associate Directors, Regione Emilia-Romagna Film Commission, Région Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in partnership with CNC, France Télévisions, France 3 Auvergne Rhone Alpes, PROCIREP, VAF – Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Belgische Tax Shelter maatregel
Italy / France / Belgium
Once upon a time, there was a citadel, established on the Franco-Swiss border, called CERN. According to Alvaro de Rujula, one of the eminences of the scientific fellowship that “runs the shop”, dare we say it, physicists are more “modest” than architects, building their cathedrals underground. A little later on, another one claims, without laughing, that “the most momentous discoveries were probably made in the cafeteria.” We get it, Anna de Manincor and the ZimmerFrei collective (La Beauté c’est ta tête, VdR, 2014) run counter to the films habitually devoted to this institution. They leave the “Higgs boson” or “gravitational waves” in the background to spotlight the humans who are working away in this maze of corridors, cables and high-precision metal parts, seeking “almost nothing.” A sharp, and sometimes humorous, look at the life of this rather particular community, a real human and social experiment whose participants seem to invent the operating rules every day.
Emmanuel Chicon, Vision du Rèel
Particle physicists are now heading toward the wide open and unmapped field of the “unknown unknowns”. No “wowing effect”, maybe for generations. Almost Nothing observes a scientific community at work, speaking the same discreet language of experimental research.