by Alfonso Bergamo
Italy, 2023, 98', color
06 December 18:30 - Cineteca Milano Arlecchino

The story of a nameless sanitation worker, introverted and self-destructive, whose own father was abusive, yet who manages to find happiness in his job, finding “treasures” in the trash: forgotten belongings that people no longer want, but full of beauty. And while things finally seem to be looking up for him, bringing him a loving partner and a darling little girl, the rotten core and cruelty of the outside world will once again force him into a corner and turn him into a reluctant anti-hero, cleansing the streets of every possible form of evil. For once and for all.

Alfonso Bergamo
Armando Festa
Craig Peritz
Daniele Poli
production design
Fabio Tresca

Paolo Briguglia
Tony Sperandeo
Roberta Giarrusso
Randall Paul

Fenix Entertainment
Gika Productions

“The genesis of The Garbage Man is a potent ‘what if’ image inspired by the tragedy of Melissa Bassi, the schoolgirl killed by a bomb outside her school in 2012: in this film, a street cleaner finds a bomb, on the job, and saves her. The core of the film is this: the everyday hero who finds beauty in his trade. In the production of an independent film, with all the challenges that entails, in Italy, I tried to created a genre film that dared to put the image before the story itself. Together with the cinematographer Daniele Poli and the production designer Fabio Tresca, we tried to create a visual universe that would convey strong emotions and celebrate the potency of the filmic image.” (Alfonso Bergamo)

Alfonso Bergamo was born in Battipaglia in 1986. He studied film, attending NUCT (the New University of Cinema and Television), ACT (Academy of Cinema and Television, at the Cinecittà studios), and RUFA (the Rome University of Fine Arts). After directing numerous short films, in 2016, he made his first feature, Il Ragazzo della Giudecca, starring Giancarlo Giannini, Franco Nero, and Tony Sperandeo. His short film Il Soffio, made in 2020 during the lockdown, made the rounds of over forty international festivals. The Garbage Man is Bergamo’s second feature-length film.

2023 The Garbage Man
2023 Quattro minuti (short)
2022 Lia non deve morire (short)
2021 Baby Shower (short)
2020 Il soffio (short)


2018 I Remember when that Happened (short)
2016 Il ragazzo della Giudecca
2015 La differenza (short)
2012 The Labyrinth (short)
2010 The Composition (short)