“Equal parts traumatic, mysterious, magical, compelling – and overwhelmingly beautiful.” – Billy Chainsaw, programmer of ‘Nova Nights’ at The Horse Hospital
“I have to say O.B.’s “Kuo’s Eyes” was fantastic. Imagine Gialli meets Del Toro meets Japanese horror in a “Paperhouse” (1988) style dream landscape. Very visually driven. It gets a 10/10 from me! Superb and unique short film from a very talented and dedicated Director/Filmmaker.” – Emma Dark, award-winning film maker (Salient Minus Ten), writer and actor.
“Where the Wild Things Are if it was told by Maya Deren (or something).” – Nick Toti, filmmaker and film critic at Hammer to Nail.
ABOUT THE FILM
After suffering a brutal attack, eight year old Kuo is found in the woods without his eyes. With the help of his stuffed animal Bainfu, whose bright red eyes Kuo uses as a guide, he sets off on a journey to find the mysterious faceless woman who stole his sight from him.
Kuo’s Eyes was inspired by the true story of a boy who was found without his eyes in 2013 – the victim of an apparently unmotivated family drama. As I followed this boy’s tragedy on the news and wished for his recovery, I started to imagine a story where he would find the person who had taken his eyes and be able to get them back. The story was initially conceived as an illustrated book, but eventually became a film.
Shot entirely inside an abandoned church in my hometown – a small city in the north of Italy – Kuo’s Eyes is entirely self-produced and self-made. I opted to shoot the entire film in the same space because I wanted to create a sense of theatricality and spacial awareness which would have been lost otherwise. The film was shot in Italian and is subtitled in English. It has an original soundtrack composed by the Australian musical trio Golden Fur. An earlier version of Kuo’s Eyes was screened in Reykjavík, Iceland at Nýlistasafnið (The Living Art Museum) as part of the exhibition “The Primal Shelter Is The Site For Primal Fears” (December 2016).
Written, directed and produced by: O.B. De Alessi
Alessandro Iacovoni, O.B. De Alessi, Valentina Rubini, Marco Monty Ferrari, Christian Bellomo, Adriano Raia, Gianni Ferrari, Mario Balza.
Director of Photography: Michael Salerno
Original Soundtrack by Golden Fur
Sound mixing and editing by: Alan F Jones/ Laminal Audio
Production Design by O.B. De Alessi