Le proprietà dei metalli

The Properties of Metals | Die Eigenschaften der Metalle
“The world is full of invisible forces. But people have ended up no longer believing in them.”

An assortment of metal objects lies spread out on the kitchen table in front of Pietro. Closing his eyes, he gingerly stretches out his hand. Word of the boy’s psychokinetic abilities has travelled far beyond the borders of the small Italian village; they say he is able to bend more than just spoons. When a university professor starts paying Pietro regular visits, the experiments are a welcome distraction – for despite the idyllic beauty of the landscape, life here is hard: unsettled debts linger in the air, along with unhealed wounds in the family’s history. A portrait of a world in turmoil; of a place and time in which one boy’s gift seems a beacon of hope, carrying promises of a better life.
by Antonio Bigini
with Martino Zaccara, Edoardo Marcucci, David Pasquesi, Antonio Buil Pueyo, Enzo Vetrano, Cristiana Raggi, Marco Cavalcoli
Italy 2023 English, Italian 93’ Colour World premiere | Debut film recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Martino Zaccara (Pietro)
  • Edoardo Marcucci (Simone)
  • David Pasquesi (Prof. Moretti)
  • Antonio Buil Pueyo (Mauro)
  • Enzo Vetrano (Bruno)
  • Cristiana Raggi (Tatiana)
  • Marco Cavalcoli (Prof. Casetti)


Director Antonio Bigini
Screenplay Antonio Bigini
Cinematography Andrea Vaccari
Editing Ilaria Fraioli
Music Simonluca Laitempergher
Sound Mirko Fabbri, Riccardo Rossi
Sound Design Simonluca Laitempergher
Production Design Paola Bizzarri
Costumes Bettina Pontiggia, Chiara Capaccioli
Make-Up Paolo Manciocchi
Assistant Director Marcello Montù
Production Manager Gregorio Maraschini Montanari
Producer Claudio Giapponesi

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Antonio Bigini

The Italian screenwriter, curator and filmmaker was born in 1980. In collaboration with Mariann Lewinsky, he co-directed the documentary film Ella Maillart – Double Journey which screened at Visions du Réel. He has co-curated exhibitions on the history of cinema for the Cineteca di Bologna including showcases of the work of Sergio Leone, Marcello Mastroianni and Pier Paolo Pasolini which went on to feature in various museums including internationally. Le proprietá dei metalli is his debut feature film.


2012 Formato ridotto. Libere riscritture di cinema amatoriale; documentary 2015 Ella Maillart – Double Journey; documentary 2023 Le proprietà dei metalli (The Properties of Metals)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023