France, Belgium, Italy 2014, 89'
director: Abel Ferrara
screenplay: Abel Ferrara, Maurizio Braucci
cinematography: Stefano Falivene
editing: Fabio Nunziata
sound: Julien Momenceau
cast: Willem Dafoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli, Maria de Medeiros, Adriana Asti
producer: Fabio Massimo Cacciatori, Thierry Lounas
production: Capricci Films, Urania Pictures S.r.l., Tarantula, Dublin Films
awards: International Cinephile Society Awards 2015 – Best Picture Not Released in 2014
Polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
release date: April 1, 2016
Controversial director Abel Ferrara pays tribute to one of the masters of Italian cinema. Pasolini has little in common with conventional biopics, however. The film reconstructs the final hours in the life of the director of The Decameron. We meet the protagonist just as he is putting the finishing touches on the scandalous Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom and is getting set to begin work on a new film.He meets a young man and takes him to the beach at Ostia. The unfortunate trip ends in the director's tragic death. Contrary to the expectations of some, Ferrara does not concern himself with the conspiracy theories that surrounded the event. As is his habit, he combines the sacred and the profane in portraying Pasolini as a self-destructive genius and a secular martyr. Footage from the life of the eponymous hero is combined on-screen with scenes inspired by his unfinished screenplay,Porno-Teo-Kolossal. Numerous people who had worked with the director also appear in Pasolini, including the star of many of his films, Ninneto Davoli.
Born in New York in 1951, Abel Ferrara is one of the icons of American independent cinema. He is known primarily for his depictions of the American underworld, which are full of violence, as well as Christian imagery. Several of his films, such as King of New York or Bad Lieutenant, have achieved cult status. He won a Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for his 2005 filmMary.
1984 Miasto strachu / Fear City
1990 Król Nowego Jorku / King of New York
1992 Zły porucznik / Bad Lieutenant
1993 Porywacze ciał / Body Snachers
1996 Pogrzeb / The Funeral