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
"Critic's pick! The splendor of 'Pasolini' lies in its essentially collaborative nature... [Ferrara's] reverence for his subject as a fellow artist and kindred rebel spirit is evident in every frame."
“Richly evocative. Anything but a conventional biopic. For Ferrara, the art… is the forensic evidence of an artist’s visionary inner life.”
"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."
Official Selection: Venice Film Festival
Official Selection: New York Film Festival
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival
|Alamo Drafthouse Omaha||Omaha||NE||1565668800August 13, 2019|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1565582400August 12 - August 14, 2019|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1564200000July 27, 2019|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1562299200July 5 - July 11, 2019|
|Lake Worth Playhouse||Lake Worth||FL||1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019|
|Grand Illusion Cinema||Seattle||WA||1561694400June 28 - July 4, 2019|
|FilmBar||Phoenix||AZ||1561608000June 27 - June 29, 2019|
|Art Theatre||Champaign||IL||1561089600June 21 - June 27, 2019|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1561089600June 21 - June 27, 2019|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1561089600June 21 - June 27, 2019|
|Central Cinema Knoxville||Knoxville||TN||1560484800June 14 - June 20, 2019|
|Time & Space Limited||Hudson||NY||1560398400June 13 - June 30, 2019|
|Roxy Hotel Cinema||New York||NY||1560312000June 12 - June 16, 2019|
|Arena Cinelounge||Los Angeles||CA||1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019|
|Sie Film Center||Denver||CO||1559880000June 7 - June 13, 2019|
|Laemmle Glendale||Glendale||CA||1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019|
|Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1559275200May 31 - June 3, 2019|
|Cinema Village||New York||NY||1559275200May 31 - June 6, 2019|
|Nitehawk Prospect Park||Brooklyn||NY||1559016000May 28, 2019|
|BAM Rose Cinemas||Brooklyn||NY||1558065600May 17 - May 23, 2019|
|Metrograph||New York||NY||1557460800May 10 - May 30, 2019|
|Museum of Modern Art||New York||NY||1556856000May 3, 2019|
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