Ferdinand Knapp

a film by Andrea Baldini

Competition - Venice 2014

15 min - 2014 - France

Ferdinand Knapp is the pre-eminent actor in French theatre, revered by all. While preparing for a new play, the lines between his character’s malevolent personality and his own begin to blur until reality warps into a nightmare, compelling him to commit an irredeemable act.
Freely inspired by the astronautic-cathodic vicissitudes of the great mining engineer of the mental system, Oreste Fernando Nannetti, who died at the Volterra psychiatric hospital in 1994. But still he endures, like a shadow beneath the cosmos.

Andrea Baldini
Andrea was born in Italy and lives in Paris. After studying Cinema in Pisa, he directed two short films and several video installations in Italy which went to festivals around Europe. His french short film ‘Ferdinand Knapp’ was selected for the 71st Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia. He is currently preparing a new short film and continues to develop his first feature film.


Directed by: Andrea Baldini
Produced by: Louis le Bayon & Duncan Way - Lieurac Productions
Cast: Dominique Pinon, Philippe du Janerand, Dominique Uber