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Alien Food

Giorgio Cugno



Who are we – when nobody is watching? What are our fantasies and phobias – if we don’t share them? After many years in a protected psychiatric community, Alberto (40) comes to stay with Vicky’s (12) family. As a vulnerable adult, Alberto divides his time between his old therapeutic community and his work, adapting to the rhythms and boundaries of his new ‘home’. Alberto silently tries to escape his pharmacological therapy by not taking his pills. For years, they have helped him control his “demons”, but they have also overshadowed his instincts and emotions. Vicky loves science fiction and is very different from her peers. In her world, alien, distant planets are something to discover. Vicky notices that Alberto hides his pills at the dinner table, so Alberto shares this secret for the first time. From this moment on, their bond grows stronger. Alberto works part-time at a place that collects old PCs and electronics, recovering and recycling them. Here, he secretly saves private images and video files on his own hard drive, glimpses of other people’s lives that become Alberto’s personal “social network”, making him feel less alone. Vicky shares her studies of the neighboring mountain with him, the summit of Mount Musiné, which she considers as magical. As Vicky’s storytelling supports Alberto in his quiet revolt, she and the mountain will lead him to confront reality, and perhaps for the last time, the ghosts that were buried by his state of chemical numbness for so many years - starting from the horizon that he would like to, but cannot, cross. Can their friendship of reality and fantasy co-exist, without posing true danger to both Alberto and Vicky?

Cast & Crew

Giorgio Cugno
Victoria Mannoni
Gabriele Rossi
Nathalie Francone
Simonetta Ainardi
Massimo Valz Brenta

Giorgio Cugno

Giulia Mercandino

Igor Nogougić

Giorgio Cugno


Director's Biography

Giorgio Cugno is a director, screenwriter, and actor. He studied direction and sculpture in Torino at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating he has produced numerous shorts and documentaries, both warmly received at home in Italy and on the international festival circuit. The drama "Vacuum", in which he portrays the character of the heroine's husband, is his first feature. He chose to look at the world through the eyes of a young mother struggling with the loss of her identity. "Vacuum" was presented at the 13th European Film Festival of Lecce, where it won four awards, including the Jury Award and the FIPRESCI award. Among other international film festivals, it has been chosen for the 47th Karlovy Vary IFF, 36th Göteborg International Film Festival, and also selected for the 35th Villerupt's Italian Film Festival, the 57th Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival and the 13th Tbilisi International Film Festival that aims at introducing new faces of European cinema. "Alien Food", his new feature film during his development was selected by the Torino Film Lab - FeatureLab section ( post-production award ), MMP - IFFMH (Mannheim- Heidelberg International Film Festival ), Apulia Film Forum, Venice Production Bridge ( Biennale Cinema - Venice GAP Financing Market ) and Media Europa Program. ALIEN FOOD had its World Premiere at the 52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam - Official Selection.

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