"Kuo's Eyes"
Film, 28 mins, 2017

Kuo’s Eyes was inspired by the true story of a Chinese 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 e Site For Primal Fears” (December 2016).

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 them.

Eight year old Kuo is found unconscious and bleeding in the woods near his house. After having taken him to the hospital, his parents are told that his eyes are missing. When he is reunited with his best friend, the stu ed animal Bainfu, Kuo realises that although he is now blind, Bainfu’s bright red eyes are able to guide him in his journey to find the mysterious woman who stole his eyes.

Running Time: 28 mins
Origination: HD
Ratio: 16:9
Format: HD, Quicktime, DVD
Sound: 2-Channel Stereo
Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
Year of Completion: 2017

Alessandro Iacovoni,  Kuo
O.B. De Alessi  Aunt/Mysterious Woman
Valentina Rubini,  Mother
Marco Monty Ferrari,  Father
Christian Bellomo,  Police Officer
Adriano Raia,  The Ghost
Gianni Ferrari,  Doctor
Written and Directed by O.B. De Alessi
Michael Salerno, Director of photography
Production Design by O.B. De Alessi
Original Score by Golden Fur
Sound mixing and editing by Alan F. Jones
Produced by O.B. De Alessi