Theatrical reading based on Anita Desai’s novel Baumgartner’s Bombay

with Omero Antonutti
directed by Daniele Salvo
original music performed live by Diego Tettamandi, sitar, and
Peppe Fiore, table 
video Giandomenico Musu
a Thesis production for Dedica

In the 1980’s, Hugo Baumgartner, a German Jew, has lived in India for fifty years, having been sent there by his mother to escape from Nazi persecution.

India no longer seems fantastic or exotic to him. Its landscape is by now totally familiar, more than any other place on earth. He has, however, only learned the few words he needs to survive, and his life is filled with nostalgia for his native language. He is strange, curious, to the eyes of the local people – he is a firanghi, a foreigner. This is the destiny of Baumgartner, the story of his life. In Germany he was dark, and his colour marked him out as a Jew, der Jude. Here he is light-skinned, and that makes him a firanghi. Unacceptable in both countries. The language spoken by a German boy that he meets by chance will be an enchantment to him, but will also irrevocably and tragically mark his fate, a fate of persecution that knows neither time nor place.


Omero Antonutti
acting career is divided between cinema, theatre and television. Among his most important films are Padre padrone (1977) and Kaos (1984), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Gérard Corbiau’s Farinelli (1991), Michele Placido’s Un eroe borghese (1994), and Giuseppe Ferrara’s I banchieri di Dio (2001). He is also highly regarded as a voice actor. In 2000 he won the Anello d’Oro prize as best male voice for dubbing Richard Farnsworth in David Lynch’s The Straight Story (1999). He has also provided the Italian voice for many other actors, including Christopher Lee, Omar Sharif, Donald Sutherland, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Plummer, and was the narrator in Ermanno Olmi’s film Il mestiere delle armi (2001).


Daniele Salvo
is an actor as well a director of theatrical and radio productions. He has performed in numerous productions directed by Luca Ronconi, Cherif, Micha van Hoecke and Jacques Lassalle, among others. He has worked as assistant director to Jacques Lasalle, and is currently collaborating with Luca Ronconi in the direction of Atti di guerra: una trilogia, based on Edward Bond’s The War Plays.

Wednesday 22 March, 20:45

San Francesco Convent

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13