The World in Shots

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The World in Shots (Il mondo a scatti)

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Il mondo a scatti


Claudio Palmisano, Mariangela Barbanente, Agnès Varda, Roberto Perpignani, Babak Karimi, Stéphane Batut



Admir Shkurtaj, Egisto Macchi


OfficinaVisioni, Luce Cinecittà, Rai Cinema, with the support of Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico, Sardegna Film Commission Foundation

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Il mondo a scatti is a film that intertwines images from today and yesterday, still photos and moving images alike, through a dialogue between two people musing over things that are visible and invisible in the world. Cecilia, in her 90s yet unstoppable photographer, documentarian, screenwriter is filmed by Paolo, photographer, director, and curator of cultural events. Cecilia Mangini, who relies on analog technology, developing and printing her film, decides it's time to venture into digital, which she feels shut out of. Ever since the cave drawings, images have always had a magic power. Photography is also magic, while cinema at times crosses over into witchcraft, enchanting the eye.

Il mondo a scatti is a documentary, an essay film, an autobiographical film it can't be pigeonholed as belonging to one film genre, but it is definitely a film that takes as its point of departure thoughts about images, still images, photographs that have stopped time: The World in Shots. What we are calling a world in shots can be contained in a sequence of still images. Click…click…click…each shot has stopped time, the time one click takes, yet still images screened in quick succession magically become images in motion. The shot stops time; men, women, things everything is trapped inside that rectangular portion of the world.