Recommended for audiences 18 and older

This provocative biopic chronicles the final hours of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) before his brutal murder in 1975. When he transposed the Marquis de Sade’s Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom from an 18th-century German castle to 1944 Fascist Italy, Pasolini faced resistance from the public, politicians, and press. For Pasolini—now in its first U.S. release—Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant; King of New York) focuses on Pasolini’s search for new material following the release of Salò. 

“It’s profane and it’s precious and it glows like the moon.” —The Guardian

“An absorbing portrait, particularly compelling when relying on Pasolini’s own words, which we hear verbatim through original letters and interviews.” —The Film Stage

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Abel Ferrara
Running Time
84 minutes
Digital, Color