A film by Domenico Zazzara


When James was 17, he lost his leg due to bone cancer. Closed in his bedroom, unable to move, he found in cardboard the ideal material to express his everyday life and pain. Cheap, light and easy to obtain, cardboard was for James the only material he decided to work with since then. Today James is 44, his cardboard sculptures continue to talk about human fragility and pain, but something has interrupted his routine: James has been invited to The International Biennial of paper art in Lucca, Italy, and he will travel abroad for the first time. “Paperman” is a story of redemption, the life of an artist, an extraordinary man who faces a challenge that could change his life. For the first time James will deal with a monumental cardboard sculpture, the artist will have to confront new experiences, discovering paper artists, traditions, innovation and sustainability, making art a bridge between cultures.

In collaboration with Berta Film   

  • Documentaries

  • Arts
  • Documentary
  • Italy
  • 2019
  • 73’ min.
  • Available in Full HD, 4K
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English

Directed by

  • Domenico Zazzara

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