“Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast in Abel Ferrara’s extraordinary portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final 24 hours. `To scandalise is a right; to be scandalised is a pleasure’, says Pier Paolo Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) in the opening scene of Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini”. Dafoe’s voice is measured, but his eyes are wide, as if they’re trying to drink in the whole world at once – and within 24 hours of this moment, the celebrated poet and director of Teorema, Accattone and Sal – will be dead. (…) The film’s opening words are Pasolini’s, but it’s a credo that Ferrara – the director of “Bad Lieutenant” has hungrily lived by. So perhaps the first of this biopic’s many beautiful shocks is that it has no appetite for scandal. The second is that it isn’t actually a biopic at all, but a patchwork of planes and angles from the final day of the director’s life. (…) Ferrara dwelling on sweet, incidental details. Only the audience knows that time is short. (…) Ferrara has come up with something pretty special here: a subtle, seductive, lamp-lit hymn to one artist’s talents from another in the process of rediscovering his own.” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph)

Sunday, 29.11.2015 – 7.30 pm, Screen 8
Sunday, 06.12.2015 – 10.00 pm, Screen 6 (presented by Florian Hoffmeister)



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: Pasolini, 2014
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Production: Capricci, Urania Pictures, Tarantula Film, Dublin Films, ARTE France Cinéma
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Ninetto Davoli, Riccardo Scamarcio, Valerio Mastandrea, Adriana Asti
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 84 min.
Language: English OV
World Sales: Funny Balloons,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, San Sebastián, New York, Busan, London, Gent, Vienna, Ljubljana, Mar del Plata, Belgrad, Sydney etc.
Awards: International Cinephile Society Awards etc.