Giorgio Ferrero & Federico Biasin, 93 min
Documentary science fiction from a future we already live in without knowing it.
If documentary science fiction was a genre – and it is now! – then 'Beautiful Things' is the film that locates the future in the midst of our present age. A machine engineer on a supertanker and a scientist specialising in mathematics and audio studies are two of the human cogs in a bulimic cycle of (over)production and (over)consumption of the material objects that surround us – a cycle we never even think about. A chain with many segments, which the filmmaker duo of Giorgio Ferreroand Federico Biasin brings together in an accomplished audiovisual study of our times, but with room for the human quirks that constitute the grit in the machinery. Like modern monks, Danilo, Andrea and Vito work on their own in vast, industrial temples to create the basis for the comfort that most people take for granted. Work and alienation: Two things that have taken on a whole new meaning in the 21st century's fundamentally changing and increasingly abstract networks of economics, ecology and (un)natural raw materials. A film, which is both conceived and created with the big picture in mind.