Thursday, September 04, 2014

Venice 71: Film Festival – Pasolini – Abel Ferrara.

Photograph courtesy La Biennale di Venezia 

Venice 71: Film Festival – Pasolini – Abel Ferrara. Pasolini is directed by Abel Ferrara and stars Willem Dafoe, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli, Valerio Mastandrea, Maria de Medeiros, Adriana Asti and Salvatore Ruocco. One day, one life. Rome, the night of November 2nd 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that’s fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, his films are persecuted by the censors, many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later on with his dearest friends, and finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. Dawn, Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, a blend of reality and imagination, Abel Ferrara reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet.

Photograph by Roberto Rocco - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“In search of the death of the last poet
only to find the killer inside me
Sharpening his tools of ignorance on the
memories of never forgotten acts of
kindness in words and deeds,
ideas impossible to comprehend.
In a school in Casarsa sit at my teacher’s feet
yearning then hearing the music of the waves
that wash the feet of the
messiah on the beach at Idroscalo,
those who weave their spell in silver are forever bound to the lithe body
of Giotto constantly in search of the creation of the winning goal
forever offside forever in the lead of the faithful of which I am one.”
 Abel Ferrara, Rome 2014
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