All'ombra della croce / Under the Shadow of the Cross / A la Sombra de la Cruz

Year2012 Duration73 min. DirectorAlessandro Pugno

Production: Gabriella Manfre (Inivisible Film), Antonio Saura (Zebra Producciones), Alessandro Pugno (Papavero Films)
Asociated production: Enrico Giovannone (Babydoc Film), Francesca Frigo, Andrea Parena
Executive producer: Luca Cechet Sansoe
Cinematographer: Leif Karpe
Editing: Enrico Giovannone
Sound: Filippo Restelli, Diego Cardoso
Postproduction: Guillermo Alvite
Director's assistant: Daniel Torres
Production manager: Nacho Gómez
Distritution in Italy: Istituto Luce
Sales Agent: Latido Film

With the aid of: Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Fondo regionale per il documentario, Regione Piemonte, Film commission Torino, Fondazione CRT, FIP Film Investment Piedmont


  • 2012 San Paulo International Film Festival
  • 2012 Festival dei Popoli


Spanish premiere

Not far from Madrid there is the Valle de los Caidos, a memorial conceived by dictator Francisco Franco in the Fifties. 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.

Alessandro Pugno

Alessandro Pugno (Casale Monferrato, Italia, 1983)

Alessandro PugnoHe studied philosophy in Bologna, where he began working as an assistant photographer. He then spent a few years travelling, an experience became the basis of his photo exhibit La giostra, which was held in Seville in 2005, and the collection of poems Fili d’oro tra le ortiche, which received a special mention at the Lorenzo Montano poetry prize in 2006. In 2008, he returned to Italy to create Papavero Films, with which he directed his first film, the documentary La culla delle aquile presented at various festivals, including the Trento Film Festival. In 2011, he directed The three distances (29th Torino Film Festival), an experimental documentary with the Italian painter Mario Surbone. In 2008 he attended a masterclass with Werner Herzog.


  • A ll’ ombra della croce (2012)
  • Le tre distanze (2011)
  • La culla delle aquile (2008)

Contact details

Alessandro Pugno
+39 3397871949

Oscar Alonso
+34 91548 88 77

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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