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Under the shadow of the cross
Director:Alessandro Pugno
Screenplay: Alessandro Pugno
Photography: Leif Karpe
Sdition: Enrico Giovannone
Sound: Filippo Restelli/Diego Cardoso
Executive producers: Luca Cechet Sansoč
Production: Zebra Producciones, Papavero Films, Babydoc Film, Invisibile Film

Sunday 5th - 21:30
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A la sombra de la cruz (Under the shadow of the cross)

Alessandro Pugno
73' / 2012 / Spain, Italy
Web: www.zebraproducciones.com
English and spanish subtitled

Not far from Madrid there is the Valle de los Caidos. This site is still today the symbol of an unresolved conflict within Spanish society. Under the cross lie 35,000 victims of the Spanish Civil War, while approximately 50 children study in the nearby boarding school: they receive an education that desperately tries to resist the drift towards secularism and scientism of contemporary Spain and of global society.

Main Festivals & Awards

Biznaga de Plata al Mejor Documental- 16º Festival de Cine de Málaga 2013
Sección Oficial - 8º Punto de Vista. Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra
Competición Nuevos Directores - 36ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Sao Paulo
53 Festival dei Popoli
Festival de Cine Español de Málaga
Edoc Ecuador
Festival Lima Independiente

Director's Biography

Alessandro Pugno (Casale Monferrato, Italia, 1983). He studied Philosophy in Bolonia University where he worked as photography assistant. He travelled for several years and used that enriching life experience as the basis for both his photographic exhibition “La giostra”, which took place in Seville in 2005, and for his poetry book “Fili d’oro tra le ortiche”, winner of a special acknowledgement at the 2006 edition of the Lorenzo Montano Poetry Awards. In 2008 he returned to Italy where he founded Papavero Films, which produced his first film, La culla delle aquile, a documentary which was featured at several festivals, including Trento. In 2011 he filmed Le tre distanze (XXIX Torino Film Festival) an experimental documentary film based on the figure of the Italian painter Mario Surbone. In 2008 he took part in a master class given by Werner Herzog.


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