The Romagna Apennines, Italy, 1970s. Pietro is a boy who appears to have mysterious powers: he can bend metal simply by touching it. Professor Moretti, a scientist based in the nearby city of Bologna, starts studying him. Moretti is convinced that the boy’s abilities are genuine, but Pietro’s father, a surly man loaded down with debt, puts himself in the middle of things. The solution could lie in a prize offered by an American foundation to anyone who can prove a paranormal phenomenon. The experiments begin. But to what extent is Pietro in charge of his own powers?
The Properties of Metals is a sombre fairy-tale, loosely inspired by a true story: the case of the so-called minigellers, children with supposed psychokinetic powers, who were studied by two university professors in the late seventies. The film is a family drama enriched with supernatural elements, which is rooted in history and the landscape of central Italy.
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Written and directed by Antonio Bigini
with David Pasquesi, Antonio Buil Pueyo, Enzo Vetrano.
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In collaboration with RAI CINEMA
This project was developed within the Biennale College Cinema International Workshop 2018 program.
A winning project of the film call for feature films promoted by CSC (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) and SIAE 2018
With the contribution of Regione Emilia-Romagna – Emilia-Romagna Film Commission
With the support of Toscana Film Commission – Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema
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