After a deadly car accident, a camera’s superzoom becomes the director’s eye wandering through a summery Rome in search of his lover for a last goodbye.


“Microcosmo” (15′) is a self-produced “Lo-Fi” experimental docudrama with personal narrative elements entirely shot with a Nikon P900 and based on its incredible superzoom: 85,3x optical to 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom, 24 – 2000mm, equiv. 135.

During summer 2017 I got so impressed about Nikon P900’s superzoom tests on YouTube, and I thought: “Ok, this is a new language, a new possibility to see, I want to do something with it.” I bought the camera right away and started shooting. I’ve shot for about 2 months (from mid July to August), aproxx. 1 Tb of material. I observed, spied, my city and looked into my self, into my “micro”, because in the meantime time I was breaking up with my girlfriend, the girl featured in the short, and I documented it. Everything in the short is true. Those words are our real words. So what started as a pure observational shortdoc on humanity, it (also) became a personal statement about love, death, and the concept of faith – under the cosmic vault.

The short is entirely self-produced, basically the budget was the cost of the camera plus a tripod.

Today’s recording tools, economically accessible and widespread throughout the world, from mobile phones, GoPro microcameras, to drone cameras, allow to greatly extend our visual geography and experiment with new languages. That’s what I tried to do with this work.

“Microcosmo” has been selected for festival distribution by multi-awarded short distribution house Zen Movie:

(2018) IFF International Film Festival “Message To Man”
Saint Petersburg
Russian Federation
September 17, 2018
World Premiere
In Silico (experimental section, in competition)
(2019) Laceno D’oro (oldest Italian short film festival)
December 7, 2018
Final Selection (in competition)
(2019) 3rd Busan Intercity Film Festival Busan
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
May 31, 2019
Beyond City 02
(2019) UNESCO “The Ideal City” Challenge
June 14, 2019
Microcosmo got a Special Mention in the urban story-telling contest “The Ideal City” promoted by #romecityoffilm with the patronage of the #unescocreativecityFor the jury, chaired by Rome Film Festival Head Programmer Mario Sesti the short deserves special mention:
“For the surprising array of original images captured by a nested eye in unusual and revealing perspective that offer the viewer, through the fantastic apologue of the story, the chance to seize a city as a single whole, endless and fascinating as a planet to discover.”
(2019) Sardinia Film Festival
June 14, 2019
Video Art/ Experimental (in competition)
Special Mention
(2019) OpenEye Film Fest Marburg
July 24, 2019
In competition
(2019) Aquerò – lo spirito del cinema
November 16-24 2019
In competition
Special Mention


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.