Coming soon

Handle with Care.
The Story of an Object

A documentary film by Francesco Clerici
In festivals and theatres from Autumn 2017.

What happens before a Museum object is showcased in an exhibition?
How much does it take to understand its story and to restore it?
Who does this job?

This is the story told by the new extraordinary film directed by Francesco Clerici, an emerging Italian director. The movie was shot entirely at the Museum, during the restoration of the Cockcroft-Walton particle accelerator displayed in the middle of the Extreme exhibition, which opened in 2016.

International Intangible Heritage Film Festival (IIFF), Jeonju (Sud Corea), 30/8 – 4/9 2017

WORLD PREMIERE: September 2, 2017
The IIFF is hosted by National Intangible Heritage Center of South Korea. From the website: “The International Competition section was established for the first time this year in an effort to search out hidden gems dealing with intangible heritage. A total of 1,048 films were entered into the competition, of which 9 films from 10 countries were selected for the finals.” Handle with Care is one of them.

Milano Design Film Festival (MDFF), Cinema Anteo, Milano (Italia), October 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

From MDFF website: “A festival on the culture of the project. Milano Design Film Festival is an information platform, a meeting place, a place to experiment and to update one’s skills, characterised by the quality of its content and an innovative and effective ability to dialogue with a cross section of the public”.


XXII Artefacts Meeting

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France

Cape Town International Film Market and Festival

Cape Town, South Africa

360° Science and Technology Film Festival

Moscow, Russia


Francesco Clerici (1983) graduated in Art History and Criticism from the Università Statale di Milano. He is an award-winning documentary director and a writer. Since 2009, he has been collaborating with the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai and with contemporary artist Velasco Vitali, as well as teaching courses and lessons for schools and universities (Università Bicocca di Milano, Università degli studi di Milano, Università degli studi di Parma).
In 2012 he published his first book of short stories: 24 Fotogrammi: storia aneddotica del cinema (Secondavista Edizioni, 2012). Hand Gestures, his first feature film documentary, was presented at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, in the FORUM section, where he won the International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI).

His works have been presented at festivals all over the world (London Film Festival, Viennale, RIDM Montreal, Sarajevo Film Festival) and screened in locations such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the British Film Institute of London, the Irish Film Institute of Dublin, the Cineteca Nacional de Mexico of Mexico City, the Cinemateca Uruguaya de Montevideo, the Dundee Contemporary Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Barbican, the Festival di Filosofia Moderna di Modena, The National Sculpture Factory in Cork, the MART of Trento and Rovereto, the Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski of Warsaw, the Muzeul Național al Ţăranului Român of Bucharest, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, and the Palazzo Reale in Milan.


Press Kit

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Francesco Clerici | t. +39 3496535031

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Press Office | t. +39 02 48555 450/343 | m. +39 339 1536030 / 338 1573807


Aurelio Ascoli
Maria Baruffetti
Giulia Basilissi
Marianna Cappellina
Claudio Giorgione
Vincenzo Iannone
Marco Iezzi
Antonio e Daniele Menegaldo
Claudia Porta
Luca Reduzzi
Tommaso Rossini

Direction, filming, editing, photography
Francesco Clerici

Simona Casonato
Francesco Clerici

Gaby Ramsperger
Jon Barrenechea
Francesco Clerici

Executive producers
Jon Barrenechea
Francesco Clerici

Sound Editing
Michele Brambilla
Mattia Pontremoli
Emanuele Pullini

Sound mixing, sound editing supervision
Massimo Mariani
Tommaso Barbaro

Additional research
Simona Casonato
Leonardo Gariboldi
Luca Reduzzi

Production coordinators
Grazia Cavanna
Martina De Santis
Kilgore Trout

Color correction, postproduction supervision
Andrea Paganini

Poster Design

Original soundtrack
Claudio Gotti

Simona Casonato

With the support of
Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Roma
Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Ivrea (TO)
With the collaboration of
Associazione CISE2007, Milano
Fondazione ISEC, Istituto per la Storia dell’Età Contemporanea, Sesto S. Giovanni (MI)
CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics

Archival material
Istituto Luce, Archivio Storico
United World films for the Arthur Rank Organization Ltd
Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa

Additional shots
Francesco Zucchetti

Archival photos
Archivio Storico Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci, Milano
Archivio CISE /Fondazione ISEC, Istituto per la Storia dell’Età Contemporanea, Sesto S. Giovanni (MI)