Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Daroli
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Italian, French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France, Belgium, Italy 2014 84 mins.
Released by BFI
In Rome in 1975 outspoken filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was found dead on a beach, arousing suspicions that continue to this day. Director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) offers a kaleidoscopic view of the last day in the artist’s life (played by a sublime Willem Dafoe). A film that neither accuses nor investigates, this engaging biopic celebrates Pasolini’s fearlessness and creativity.
Abel Ferrara offers a restrained, mature and tantalising tribute to the enfant terrible of Italian cinema that captures a flavour of the last 24 hours of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life. Willem Dafoe is superb as the Marxist intellectual, poet, author and film maker - 'To scandalise is a right, to be scandalised is a pleasure.' BFI