11/25/2017 22:00 – Caligari FilmBühne
France 2017 79 min English-French original version with English subtitles
by Abel Ferrara
Script: Abel Ferrara, DoP: Emmanuel Gras, Editor: Fabio Nunziata, Production: Bathysphère Productions, Producer: Nicolas Anthomé, with: Paul Hipp, Abel Ferrara, Joe Delia, Cristina Chiriac, Dounia Sichov, PJ Delia
Abel Ferrara headlines a series of concerts and a film retrospective in France dedicated to songs and music from his films. Preparations with his family and friends show another side of the cult director of legendary films BAD LIEUTENANT and THE KING OF NEW YORK. Ferrara is joined on stage by past collaborators, including composer Joe Delia, actor-singer Paul Hipp and his wife, actress Christina Chiriac.
“The filmmaker never steps to one side and is constantly aware of the camera, much like a third eye detached from his head; he is always engrossed in the impressive works that he revisits here on the microphone, the guitar or the harmonica (…) However, what we discover from up close, in this warm film that is just as much a creation as it is a documentary, is a less familiar character: a poet in prose, first and foremost, who, with a vaguely Dylanesque voice, reels off scathing, pitch-black, dirty lines, creating a kind of penetrating urban slam rock that makes his beautiful wife (Christina Chiriac), whom Abel says he had been waiting for for over 60 years, undulate sensually.” (Cineuropa)
With a reputation as a director of controversial cinema, Abel Ferrara moves into his fourth decade of filmmaking with continued work in the US as well as European projects. Recent successes include PASOLINI, starring Willem Dafoe, and WELCOME TO NY, starring Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset. Born in the Bronx in 1951, Ferrara started on Super 8 in his teens in upstate New York with writers Nicholas St. John and John McIntyre. His first features were DRILLER KILLER and MS. 45 in the late 70s. The 80s and 90s led to a cult reputation with legendary films like THE KING OF NEW YORK, BAD LIEUTENANT, THE ADDICTION and THE FUNERAL. Ferrara is currently preparing his next feature SIBERIA with Willem Dafoe, Isabelle Huppert and Nicolas Cage in the leading roles.