Documentary filmmaker Folco Quilici died at 87. Quilici was born in Ferrara in 1930 from Nello Quilici, historian and journalist, and Mimì Buzzacchi, painter. Luce Cinecittà President and Managing Director Roberto Cicutto reminds him with these words: "Without Folco Quilici, and just a few other big auteurs, documentary wouldn't be as important in the world as it is today. He demolished the bias for which by 'documenting' one cannot shape a truly engaging story. We like to think that Folco Quilici found in the Istituto Luce a second home as he entrusted us most of his work, which he created with passion and dedication side by side with his wife Anna. And we wish - as I'm given to undestand from a recent phone conversation - that he passed away while thinking about his next adventure."
With Istituto Luce, Quilici made The Marble Empire (2006), The Last Flight (2010), Sicily '43 and Animals in the Great War (2015). His films dedicated to the relationship between men and the sea have been released worldwide: The Sixt Continent (Special Prize at the Venice Film Festival 1954), The Last Paradise (Berlin Silver Bear 1956), Tiko and the Shark (Unesco Prize for Culture 1961), Ocean (Special Prize at the Taormina Film Fest 1971 and David di Donatello Award 1972), Brother Sea (1974), Only One Survived (1992). Other titles that have been theatrically released in Italy and abroad include Dagli Appennini alle Ande (1959) and God under the Skin (1974).
Among his notable medium-length films, Paul Gauguin (1957) and The Angel and the Mermaid (1980) have been presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 1970, Quilici edited three films in the series Florence 1000 Days, focusing on the flood of 1967 and the rescue of the city's cultural heritage. The filmmaker received an Oscar nomination in 1971 for Tuscany, one of the 14 films in the series Italy from the Sky, which saw the collaboration of many important names such as Calvino, Sciascia, Silone, Praz, Piovene, Comisso.
Quilici's activity in the field of cultural cinema found space in many TV programs. For the 13 films in the series Mediterranean and the 8 of The European Man, he collaborated with historian Fernand Braudel and anthropologist Levi Strauss. From 1992 to 1999 he directed Twentieth Century Italy, 65 films based on texts from historians De Felice, Castronovo, and Scoppola.
For his commitment in cultural TV, Quilici won many international awards. Since 1954, he also collaborated with the Italian and international press - Life, Epoca, Panorama, Europeo - and daily newspapers La stampa, Il corriere della sera, and Il messaggero.