Abel Ferrara
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Abel Ferrara
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Abel Ferrara Fights to Stop Re-Edited Strauss-Kahn Film
NYTimes - almost 2 years
“Welcome to New York” is being released, but it’s not the film Mr. Ferrara, the director, made.
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Die Hard! The Muppet Christmas Carol! Black Christmas! Silent Night, Deadly Night! MAYBE CHRISTMAS ISN'T AWFUL AFTER ALL??? 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revea ...
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New on DVD and Blu-ray, July 20
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
New on DVD and Blu-ray, July 20 Casa de Mi Padre Expect maximum Ferrellian oddness in this Spanish-language spoof of Mexican soap operas, which stars Will Ferrell as the stupid, unappreciated son of an old ranchero (Pedro Armendariz Jr.). The Fairy Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, who wrote, directed and star in this comedy, have developed their own distinct style of performance, which mixes dance and silent film slapstick. 4:44 Last Day on Earth Cult director Abel Ferrara offers a view of the apocalypse from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, his stomping ground. Intruders Faceless bogeymen haunt two children, in Britain and in Spain, in this moody but illogical horror film from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Lockout A disposable but in-the-moment amusing (mildly) action film, "Lockout" stars Guy Pearce as a man sent into outer space in 2079 to rescue the president's daughter from a prison uprising. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt ...
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Blu-ray Review - King of New York (1990)
Flickering Myth - over 4 years
King of New York, 1990. Directed by Abel Ferrara. Starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo and Giancarlo Esposito. SYNOPSIS: After being released from prison, a former drug lord sets out to eliminate the competition and distribute their wealth among New York's lower classes. With his bug eyes and intense stare, Christopher Walken has been one of the most interesting actors on screen in the last 30 years. From playing Russian roulette in The Deer Hunter to telling stories of mice churning butter in Catch Me If You Can, Walken has been a constant delight to watch. Always watchable, and able to elevate crap when he’s perhaps selling out (Click), we’ve been treated to an array of creepily told anecdotes and fantastically (and effortlessly) menacing characters. King of New York is a trashy, dirty, degenerate, yet striking and engaging film from Abel Ferrara. Ferrara is perhaps the grimy, rough handed cousin of Martin Scorsese. The ...
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Week in Review: Art Burns in Italy, Milan's Freakiest Furniture, and Abel Ferrara's "Pizza" Fantasies
Artinfo - almost 5 years
Week in Review: Art Burns in Italy, Milan's Freakiest Furniture, and Abel Ferrara's "Pizza" Fantasies Language English Email Print Save Tweet Pin It by ARTINFO Published: April 20, 2012 Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, April 16-20, 2012: ART — Alanna Martinez and Chloe Wyma gathered a list of the 20 best artist grants and fellowships that artists might apply for. — Antonio Manfredi, curator of Naples's Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, made good on a promise to start burning works from the museum's collection in protest of austerity measures that have hit Italy's cultural institutions hard. — Shane Ferro reported that Sotheby's has come under fire from an investment group for cronyism on its board. — Julia Halperin revealed that the doorway to ...
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Interview: Willem Dafoe Talks Turning Up the Heat, Mr. Bobby Peru, and ‘The Hunter’
Film School Rejects - almost 5 years
Willem Dafoe delivers a quiet performance in The Hunter, Daniel Nettheim‘s observant character-driven feature debut. It’s a character which relies purely on movement, expression, and action – all internal. The protagonist, Martin, a.k.a. The Hunter, is a man skilled in violence, and that’s about as much as you can say for him for most of the film’s running time. As you would’ve predicted, the character grows in a way of showing warmth and humanity, but, as Dafoe explains, not in a sentimental way. Martin is the type of character who feels at home in the woods wielding a rifle, rather than watching after a pair of children. Do not expect this to be the story of a cold man who in actuality has a big heart of a gold they’re ready to unleash, because it’s far from it. Here’s what actor Willem Dafoe had to say about Martin, directors with intense passion, and Bobby Peru, the ultimate force of nature: There’s a clear dichotomy to Martin, where you see him capable of warmness and extr ...
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No more Mr Nasty Guy
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - almost 5 years
'Driller Killer' director Abel Ferrara tells Nigel Andrews why he's moved on from his angry early days to arthouse fare
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Film: Interview: Abel Ferrara
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
Director <a class="fplink fp-300660" href="/Abel+Ferrara+1">Abel Ferrara</a> doesn’t tend to hold his tongue. He’s best known for the blunt noir films King Of New York and Bad Lieutenant, but lately, his thoughts have led him elsewhere. His last film, Mulberry St., documents the feast of San Gennaro, which overtakes the block where he lives in lower Manhattan. His new film, 4:44 Last Day On Earth, delves deeper into his personal life. It stars his girlfriend of seven years (Shanyn Leigh) and Willem Dafoe as an artistic couple living out the world’s last day. The A.V. Club recently sat down ...
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Film: Newswire: Abel Ferrara and Gérard Depardieu join talents, penises for film based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal
A.V. Club - about 5 years
Director <a class="fplink fp-300660" href="/abel+ferrara+1">Abel Ferrara</a>, who famously captured Harvey Keitel’s penis in Bad Lieutenant, and French actor Gérard Depardieu, whose penis recently made headlines while relieving itself on an airplane, will join forces for a film based on the saga of former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn—easily one of the most notorious penis stories of our times. Ferrara broke the news over the weekend, defying his producer Vincent Maraval (who has been reluctant to confirm the film despite several months’ of rumors) by saying, “Vincent doesn’t want to talk about the project. That’s normal, he’s the ...
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theartsdesk in Albania - The Arts Desk
Google News - over 5 years
The confrontations rumbled on for weeks; thousands of international names including Gus Van Sant, Nick Broomfield, Richard Linklater, Abel Ferrara and DA Pennebaker, spoke out in support of the school. Çashku was arrested and roughed up by police: the
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Death in Venice, Hollywood-style - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Andrea Arnold&#39;s adaptation of Wuthering Heights is the first to feature a black Heathcliff, and the apocalyptic America drama 4:44 Last Day on Earth is directed by Abel Ferrara and stars Willem Dafoe
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Sept. 4 — Sept. 10 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
In Abel Ferrara&#39;s “Bad Lieutenant,” Harvey Keitel bites ferociously into the role of a corrupt New York City policeman addicted to gambling, drugs and prostitutes. In this case that old first-grade safety song advising lost children to “walk up to the
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Venice Diary: Wild-child Ferrara is in town – but will he be Abel to make his ... - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Abel Ferrara has gone clean. US indie cinema&#39;s bard of drug abuse, sleaze and violence has been known in the past to turn up three hours late for interviews – and then promptly fall asleep. The colourful Bronx-born director of Driller Killer,
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Venice Film Festival Goes Back to the Future - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
VENICE — At least two of the top billings at the Venice Film Festival this year are calculated to scare the living daylights out of us: Abel Ferrara&#39;s in-competition “4:44 Last Day on Earth” and Steven Soderbergh&#39;s ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Sitges: Noves Visions Programme - Twitch
Google News - over 5 years
This focuses on innovative and transgressive approaches to fantasy filmmaking and is divided into three sections: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Discovery and include new films from Shinya Tsukamoto, Catherine Brelliat, Shunji Iwai, Abel Ferrara,
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Has David Lynch retired, or is it just a bad dream? - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The news was broken by another one-off of the old school, Abel Ferrara, who in the course of a recent interview let slip that his compadre &quot;doesn&#39;t even want to make films any more. I&#39;ve talked to him about it, OK? I can tell when he talks about it
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Abel Ferrara
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 61
    In April 2013, Ferrara began shooting a fictionalized version of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case titled Welcome to New York.
    More Details Hide Details It stars Gérard Depardieu in the role of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Jacqueline Bisset as Anne Sinclair. It was released on May 17th, 2014 on VOD because the film failed to be picked up for theatrical distribution. He recently finished shooting a biographical film titled Pasolini about the acclaimed Italian director, poet, journalist and intellectual who was murdered in 1975. The film stars Willem Dafoe in the title role. It has been confirmed that Ferrara and Dafoe will collaborate for a fifth time in a film inspired by Carl Jung's The Red Book. The script has been written by Ferrara and Chris Zois and will be titled Siberia. Ferrara is married to Christina and they have a daughter. He was previously married to Nancy Ferrara. Ferrara lives in Rome, Italy. He moved there following the 9/11 attacks because it was easier for him to find financing for his films in Europe.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    Ferrara's longtime cinematographer Ken Kelsch shot the film. 4:44 - Last Day on Earth competed at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011 and released in theatres in March 2012.
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    In April 2011, Ferrara began shooting his first feature in four years, 4:44 - Last Day on Earth, starring Willem Dafoe and Ferrara's longtime companion Shanyn Leigh.
    More Details Hide Details This is Dafoe's third collaboration with Ferrara after 1998's New Rose Hotel and his last feature film, 2007's Go Go Tales. The film was shot in one location, an apartment, set during the course of the last 24 hours before the biblical apocalypse.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    Also in 2010, Ferrara teamed up with Film Annex, an online film distribution platform and Web Television Network, to launch www.abelferrara.com.
    More Details Hide Details In a press release about the new web channel, Ferrara said, “We have been looking for a place, a home to express what we are doing and to avoid the misinformation found when we are not active on a website. With Francesco Rulli, the Founder of Film Annex, we hope to create a distribution platform for the work, both past and present, while actively interacting with our audience, collaborators and other filmmakers."
  • 2009
    Age 57
    Ferrara began preparations for Jekyll and Hyde in 2009, which was to star Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent.
    More Details Hide Details After disagreements with Warner Bros. the film was indefinitely shelved in 2010. A Ferrara film, the docudrama called Napoli Napoli Napoli, is scheduled to premiere at the Rome Film Festival. Ferrara plays a small role as a mugger in the independent film Daddy Longlegs (2010).
  • 2007
    Age 55
    In 2007, he directed a comedy with Modine, Bob Hoskins and Willem Dafoe, Go Go Tales.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was either highly acclaimed or vehemently disliked.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 44
    In 1996 he directed a music video for French singer Mylène Farmer's song "California".
    More Details Hide Details After making The Blackout (1997) with Matthew Modine and Dennis Hopper, he contributed to the omnibus HBO - television movie Subway Stories. Ferrara then made New Rose Hotel (1998), which reunited him with Christopher Walken. Ferrara returned three years later with 'R Xmas (2001), which starred Drea de Matteo and Ice-T. After recording two commentaries for Driller Killer and King of New York, he made Mary (2005), the religious-themed film starring Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche, Heather Graham, Stefania Rocca and Matthew Modine. The multi-plot film concerns an actress (Binoche) who stars in a Passion of the Christ-like movie about Jesus, where she plays Mary Magdalene, with whom she subsequently becomes obsessed. Matthew Modine portrays the director of the film, who bears striking similarities to Mel Gibson. Mary premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2005. It swept the awards ceremony, garnering the Grand Jury Prize, SIGNIS Award and two others. It was also seen at the Toronto Film Festival.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 24
    Soon finding himself out of work, he directed a pornographic film titled 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy Cat in 1976, which starred his then-girlfriend.
    More Details Hide Details Interviewed by The Guardian in 2010, he recalled having to step in front of the camera for one scene to perform in a hardcore sex scene: "It's bad enough paying a guy $200 to fuck your girlfriend, then he can't get it up." Ferrara first drew a cult audience with his grindhouse movie The Driller Killer (1979), an urban slasher in the mold of Taxi Driver (1976), about an artist (played by Ferrara himself under the alias Jimmy Laine) who goes on a killing spree with a drill in hand. He followed it with Ms. 45 (1981), a "rape revenge" film starring Zoë Tamerlis, who later scripted Bad Lieutenant. Ferrara was next hired to direct Fear City (1984), starring Tom Berenger, Melanie Griffith, Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong and María Conchita Alonso. True to form, it depicted a seedy Times Square strip club, where a "kung fu slasher" stalks and murders the girls after work. Berenger portrayed a disgraced boxer who has to use his fighting skills to defeat the killer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on July 19, 1951.
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