Almost Nothing

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Almost Nothing

Almost Nothing

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Giulio Aielli, Luis Alvarez Gaume, Olga Beltramello, Sergio Bertolucci, Mar Capeans Garrido, Paola Catapano, Suseshna Datta-Cockerill, Michele De Gennaro, Silvano De Gennaro, Jean-Pierre Delahaye, Alvaro de Rujula, Natasha Egger, John Ellis, Wilfrid Farabolini, Daniel Figueroa, Fabiola Gianotti, Angela Higney, Ieva Kabasinskaite, Andrea Latina, Django Manglunki, Colette Marx-Neilsen, Dimitar Mladenov, Lakshmi Prabha Nattamai Sekar, Marzio Nessi, Markus Nordberg, Thomas Otto, Daniel Siemaszko, Lynn Veronneau, Wolfram Zeuner, Maf Alidra, Joelle Belman, Daniele Benedetti, Erwan Bertrand, Stefania Bordoni, Roberto Cardarelli, Anne Cook, Alessandro Dallocchio, Daniel De Negri, Alberto di Meglio, Daniel Dobos, Valerie Domcke, Giuseppe Fidecaro, Maria Fidecaro, Despina Hatzifotiadou, Michael Hoch, Yannis Kyriakos Semertzidis, Joel Lahaye, Luciano Maiani, Lino Miceli, Lorenzo Paolozzi, Enzo Paradiso, Ludovico Pontecorvo, Serhiy Senyukov, Gurpreet Singh Chahal, Harri Toivonen, Hans Van Haevermaet, Valentina Venturi, Matteo Volpi, Susana Wong, Konstantin Zioutas



Serena Gramizzi, Laurence Ansquer, Bram Crols


Bo Film, supported by MiBACT, 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



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Ready (04/02/2019)

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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.