Gian Vittorio Baldi
Gian Vitorio Baldi came to Syracuse to receive a Sophia Award for
Achievement in Film, we knew him only as a legend in the film world.
As a producer, he was responsible for several landmark films in cinema
history, including The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) directed
by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Hullet, Pigpen (1969) directed by Pier
Paolo Pasolini, and Four Nights of a Dreamer (1970) directed by Robert
Bresson. Baldi wrote and directed his own most noted work, Fuoco in
1968; then he spent 10 working with Roberto Rosselini. He had become one
of the most heralded and uncompromising of Italy’s film producers,
writers, directors, winning awards from the most important film
festivals throughout the world.
In 1960, Baldi had founded the Italian Documentary Institute, with the
purpose of promoting the study of the art of cinema in general and
documentary and short films in particular. Then in 1999 he founded
Hypermedia University in Bologna, a centre for media studies, where he
is still the principal. Gian Vittorio Baldi makes films with “real
people” - not actors - to tell the story of those who have been “wounded
by history.” He shows the culture of life and people from the inside as
an intimate experience.
When he received the Sophia from The Syracuse International Film
Festival in 2009for his achievements in film, he came to Syracuse, made
friends and created a lasting connection. In 2010, he began the
groundwork which led to the creation of the Syracuse University Abroad
program: Filmmaking & Film Studies in Bologna, Italy, which has now
successfully completed its second program year.
Baldi was born in Bologna, Italy and still lives quietly in the hills
above his home city in a simple, private, renovated historic mill,
decorated with the Faenza tiles he loves. And Gian Vittorio Baldi
continues to be an artist, a winemaker, a father of 4 sons, and a proud
grandfather. At 82, he is still making films, traveling the world, and
teaching young filmmakers.
“The Sky Above Me” is his current project - an ambitious effort
encompassing the story of a Brazilian astronomer and a comet set to
crash into the earth. You can follow the story and the making of the