A discovery of the Cannes Film Festival, a surprising, moving and personal work by Ferrara, which can be considered one of his best films. Willem Dafoe plays the director's alter ego, Tommaso, on screen. The impression of communing with an intimate journal is enhanced by the fact that Tommaso's partner is played by Cristina Chiriac, Abel Ferrara's partner, and the role of the couple's daughter is played by little Anna Ferrara. All the action takes place in the director's apartment in Rome. It is impossible to tell where the script ends and something like a psychodrama begins. Invisibly, we witness the deconstruction of toxic masculinity - with its aggression, jealousy, sexual frustrations and addictions. Tommaso fights his demons, and above all his powerful ego - he attends AA meetings, meditates, works with young actors, tries to be a good father and partner, but he has unexpected and violent mood swings. Sensitivity gives way to attacks of anger and closeness - the need for domination, and the frustration of late fatherhood. Ferrara's portrait of an artist in old age is one of the most sincere and moving films about a man. One of the most outstanding films of recent years.
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 film Mary. He lives in Rome and has been interested in Italy for a long time. He made the docudrama Naples, Naples, Naples, Pasolini and his latest film, Tommaso, among others, in Italy. Winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno (2011) for lifetime achievement.
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
2011 4:44. Ostatni dzień na Ziemi / 4:44. Last Day on Earth
2014 Witamy w Nowym Jorku / Welcome to New York