Quantum theory’s uncertainty principle says that since not even empty space can have zero energy, the universe is fizzing with particle-antiparticle pairs that pop in and out of existence. These “virtual” particles are the source of Hawking radiation.
RUNNER UP | Quantum Shorts 2018
In a dystopic world where all things happen in reverse, a man leaves a message to his beloved. This poetic short film by Leonardo Martinelli, a Brazilian filmmaker, explores how man occupies space and time. It parallels an exciting question in physics: quantum laws do not distinguish between time running forwards and backwards, so what is the origin of the ‘arrow of time’ we experience?
For an introduction to concepts of the arrow in time in physics, Wikipedia is a good place to start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_of_time
Please tell us about yourself and the team that made the film
I am Leonardo Martinelli, a graduate in screenwriting from Rio de Janeiro, and my focus is on films of hybrid genre, that cross fiction, documentary and essay. 'If the World Spinned Backwards' is my second short film. I have three finalized and am working on the fourth. Together they have already been shown at over one hundred festivals and won more than thirty prizes.
How did you come up with the idea for your film?
The goal was to make a short film that wasn't too long, but to communicate young reflections about the human condition in a relationship with the cinematrographic image. An interesting fact is that the short was filmed and edited in less than 72 hours as part of a contest we were attending.
What is the quantum inspiration?
The film reflects the quantum relationship from metaphysical reflections on how man occupies space and its relation to the concept of time, and whether it necessarily needs to be the way we visualize.
What reaction do you hope for from viewers?
Thanks to Quantum Shorts we will have the incredible opportunity to show the film on several continents. It will be extremely interesting to see how people of different cultures react to the same provocation.
What is your favourite science-inspired or sci-fi movie?
How can I not say Kubrick's 2001? But there are other so great sci-fi films in contemporary cinema, such as The Congress (2014), The Thing (1982), Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
What does being a Quantum Shorts finalist mean to you?
It is a unique opportunity. The festival has an extremely original proposal and format. Even having participated in many festivals, I have never seen something like it. It's an honor to be a part of it.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about you or your film?
I hope you guys enjoy! It was made with no budget at all: we spent less that U$150. But we invested much emotion and time from our hearts.
Director Leonardo Martinelli is a graduate in screenwriting from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.