The Mechanics of Things

DIRECTOR: Alessandra Celesia
101 minutes | FRANCE, Germany

The Mechanics of Things started when Tito, my cat, ended up paralyzed. As we embarked on a medical odyssey to China with 12 tetraplegic volunteers, a road accident resurfaced, together with elusive images of a drifting father…


Production: Films de Force Majeure, Dirk Manthey Film

Release: 2023




Eurimages, Région Sud (dev. & prod.), Aosta Valley Region, CNC (FAI and development fund), Arte/ZDF, Hamburg Regional Fund, Ciclic (dev.), PROCIREP – Société des producteurs, ANGOA

Project selected at
Les Arcs – Work in Progress, When East Meets West – EWA Recognition award


Writer & Director Alessandra Celesia
Director of Photography François Chambe
Sound Engineer Marilou Cuffini-Fabre
Editor Nicolas Milteau
Postproduction coordinator Nora Bertone
Executive producer Luca Bich – L’Eubage
Production manager Jérôme Nunes
Producers Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Dirk Manthey

Technical sheet

Format HD
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 101 minutes