Pasolini

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Year: 2014
Running Time: 84
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Language: English
Genres: Drama, Biography
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Pasolini

Cast
Willem Dafoe

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Directed by Abel Ferrara


The Roman life and the imaginary worlds of Pier Paolo Pasolini intermingle in Abel Ferrara’s retelling of the final days in the life of the fifty-year-old filmmaker and writer, in a lovely, haunting film that draws on his last interview and envisages scenes from an unmade final film and his incomplete novel, Petrolio. Willem Dafoe, regally exhausted, is the spitting image of the murdered director, and Pasolini’s beloved muse Ninetto Davoli returns to “finish” his friend’s work, but Ferrara wisely never attempts to merely ape Pasolini’s style, instead offering one iconoclastic artist’s tribute to another, a biopic that busts the boundaries of the form and a passion project decades in the imagining that gives Pasolini’s final moments on the beach at Ostia the terrible sanctity of the Passion. – Metrograph

Reviews

"It's profane and it's precious and it glows like the moon."

"A thought-provoking... cinematic portrait of an artist whose visionary oeuvre remains poorly understood."

"An unimpeachably serious homage, with an assured lead performance from Willem Dafoe...I can’t think of any director, apart from Ferrara, who has quite the same talent and passion for upsetting the apple cart."

"An open-minded rendering of everyday humanity."

"Whether dealing in drama or reportage, Ferrara is still a grizzled master of the city nocturne."

"Ferrara’s reverence for Pasolini is clear in every frame. It’s as intriguing, alienating, and open to interpretation as any actual Pasolini movie and that was likely the point... with a wonderful central performance from Willem Dafoe."



Awards

  • Official Selection: Venice Film Festival

  • Official Selection: New York Film Festival

  • Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1564113600Coming Soon
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1561089600Coming Soon
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019
Metrograph New York 1557460800May 10 - May 16, 2019
Museum of Modern Art New York 1556856000May 3, 2019


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