Biography | Drama
Dir. Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, 84 minutes, subtitles
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli
On 2 November 1975, aged just 53, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the outspoken writer, filmmaker and Marxist was found dead on a beach on the outskirts of Rome, left badly beaten and run over by his own car. His murder ignited a series of theories and conspiracies that continue to this day, with the case still open despite a conviction. In Pasolini, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Welcome to New York) charts the last day in the legendary Italian’s extraordinary life. He layers real events with vibrant imaginary scenes from an unmade Pasolini film, to create a cool and engaging portrayal of a fearless intellectual who was irresistibly drawn to the low-life on the streets.