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After the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, Vesper (Raffiella Chapman), a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed father, meets a woman with a secret who will force her to use her wits, strengths and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of having a future. Science fiction is a complex genre that gives opportunity not only to create new worlds but also metaphorically talk about serious problems of a modern society. "Vesper" is a dark, sci-fi fairy tale that explores determinism at geographic, social and genetic levels. It's the kind of darkness you find in "Little Red Riding Hood". Is an individual’s fate determined by birthplace, cultural norms, and/or genes? Or is it possible to overcome these determinants and create our own path? Beyond the sci-fi setting, "Vesper", at it's core, is a message to our escapist society. "Vesper" pushes the idea of privatization of living organisms. A few years ago, an American company patented a genetically modified seed called 'terminator'. A seed that gave only one harvest and became sterile after that. Basically, a subscription system on the living plants. This idea is terrifying and fascinating at the same time. If we look, for example, at Henri Laborit's behavioral studies on rats, we realize that capitalist logic is not unique to humans.It's one of the strategies, in the living world, that a group can adopt to survive and prosper. But it's often a dead end. We realize that strategies of collaboration, mutual aid, or symbiosis are much more perennial and resilient in the long term. We've imagined a future, which would be like a new Middle Ages and "Vesper" is the story of the seed of a Renaissance. Beyond the science fiction framework, "Vesper" is also an initiatory story with a message for our society, which is turning more and more to escapism. Facing various problems, economic, social, political, more a