Particle physics is like mushrooming: it’s impossible to know in advance whether you will come home empty-handed or not. That’s how an employee of CERN research centre describes her work. Located at the Franco–Swiss border, CERN is most famous for its 27 kilometre-long particle collider tunnel that enabled to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson in 2012. The mushroom basket was overflowing then.

Prolific Austrian director Nikolaus Geyrhalter has convinced the world’s top physicists to pry open the doors of their workplace. They build machines that have never been built before – for a purpose no one really knows. The unknown makes the hundred or so researchers work around the clock, sometimes at the expense of their relationships. Divorces are not that uncommon, but still, there’s plenty more of everything to be discovered in the universe.

Text: Taina Vuokko / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Language: English



  • Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Country: Austria
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 75 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Editing: Andrea Wagner, Joana Scrinzi
  • Audio: Peter Kutin
  • Production: Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion


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