Director Abel Ferrara Is Considering A Crowdsourcing Initiative On Kickstarter.com To Raise Funds For His Next Movie With Frequent Collaborator Willem Dafoe.
The King of New York filmmaker has co-written an adaptation of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung's The Red Book, a collection of his works on dreams, and he has asked Dafoe to pull double duty by playing two roles in the project, titled Siberia.
Ferrara tells ScreenDaily.com, "It's set in the reality of a mythical universe in a small cafe where Willem and another person are holed up... When I say it's about dreams, I'm talking about nightmares."
The cult filmmaker plans to outline his plans for Siberia at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Monday (18May15), a year after courting controversy with the premiere of Welcome To New York, his biopic about former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's 2011 sex scandal.
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Filmmaker Abel Ferrara Has Urged American Cinema Bosses And Tv Executives Not To Air The Edited Version Of His New Movie Welcome To New York Because He Didn't Approve The Cuts, And Hates A Rape Flashback Sequence.
Ferrara's movie, in which Gerard Depardieu portrays disgraced former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has already screened throughout Europe, picking up some of the best reviews of the director's career, but studio bosses at IFC Films, the U.S. distributor, have opted not to release that version.
Instead, the film has been re-cut and re-edited without Ferrara's participation or permission, and the acclaimed moviemaker is furious.
Ferrara is particularly upset with the changes made to a rape scene between two of the leading characters, which is now depicted as a flashback.
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Director Abel Ferrara thinks movie fans will be surprised by new film 'Welcome to New York', because it isn't a documentary-style piece.
Director Abel Ferrara thinks movie fans will be surprised by new film 'Welcome to New York'.
The flick has been inspired by the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Khan - the French economist and politician, who was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in 2011 - but Ferrara warned moviegoers not to expect a documentary-like production.
He explained to ShortList magazine: ''In the beginning when we were screening it, I started sensing people were coming thinking it was going to be a documentary on Strauss-Khan. And the film is not a documentary - this is a film made by me and my guys, with Gerard [Depardieu] and Jacqueline [Bisset] in it. And that's a separate entity.''
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Both this film and its central character are so unapologetic that it's difficult to get either out of your head long after the final credits roll. A fictionalised version of a notorious real story, this is an unflinching account of how the rich and powerful live seemingly above the law. Until they crash with a thud so loud it's heard around the world. And as an exploration of how money and privilege corrupt the soul, this film is essential viewing, no matter how uncomfortable it is to watch.
At the centre is Devereaux (Gerard Depardieu), the corpulent head of the World Bank, whose life is a whirlwind of prostitutes, drugs and wild sex parties, even as he still has hopes of one day becoming president of France. Then in a five-star suite in a Manhattan hotel, he unthinkingly assaults a maid (Pamela Afesi). And he has no idea why he's being arrested in a media frenzy. He calls his wealthy wife Simone (Jacqueline Bisset) for bail him out, and she reluctantly drops her charity work to fly to New York and rent a house for them for the duration of his trial, standing by his side for the cameras, along with his daughter Sophie (Marie Moute). But Devereaux is so sure his political connections will get him off that he remains utterly unrepentant.
Depardieu is astonishing in the role, giving a fearless performance as a man who is so self-absorbed that he can't even begin to think that his actions might hurt someone. Consequences don't matter to him, because he's always done whatever he wants. And Depardieu is utterly transparent in every scene, most memorably when he is strip-searched by the cops and, even more disturbingly, when he mauls a young journalist (Shanyn Leigh) interviewing him about the trial. Opposite him, Bisset is radiant and fierce as a woman worn down by her infant-like husband, but standing by him against her better judgment. Their bristly conversations in the final act play out in long takes that are seriously gripping.
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Devereaux is well known by the people closest to him as an uninhibited playboy, using his wealth and his high status as a rich French politician to gain him access to a whole world of sexual adventures. Despite the fact that he has a loving wife, nothing stops him in his pursuit of pleasure, but such undisciplined behaviour is always likely to be dangerous. After one spontaneous encounter with a New York hotel maid, he finds himself suddenly accused by authorities of being a rapist. While everyone knows of his womanizing ways, no-one would've suspected such an occurence and Devereaux is left cowering and desperate, and feeling guilty that his lifestyle has led to such injustice. Will a man who has so many big ideas on rescuing the economy manage to hold his high for long enough to protest his innocence? Or has he managed to end his promising career?
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Director Abel Ferrara is facing legal action from former International Monetary Fund (Imf) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn after basing his new film Welcome To New York on the disgraced businessman's 2011 sex scandal.
The Frenchman was forced to step down as the head of the Imf in 2011 after he was caught up in a hotel rape scandal in the Big Apple. The charges against him were dropped, but the fall-out cost him his job and his marriage.
Ferrara decided to use the headline-grabbing controversy as the inspiration for his latest project, which was screened over the weekend (17-18May14) during the Cannes International Film Festival in France.
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Moviemaker Abel Ferrara is convinced he has solved the mystery of intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini's death while making the great man's biopic.
Ferrara has just finished shooting Pasolini in Italy and he now believes he knows who killed his hero four decades ago.
Pasolini died from his injuries after he was run over several times by someone driving his own car near Rome in 1975.
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P. Diddy is making a move into Hollywood by remaking and staring in gangster movie, 'King of New York'.
P. Diddy wants to become a movie star.
The rapper has set his sights on a Hollywood career and is planning to produce and star in a remake of cult 1990 gangster movie, 'King of New York'.
The 43-year-old star - real name Sean Combs - has joined forces with Oscar-winning director and producer Brian Grazer for a fresh take on Abel Ferrara's film, which starred Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes.
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Abel Ferrara - Filming on the set of 'June Project,' the working title for the upcoming movie about the sex scandal of former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The filmmakers are shooting on location in front of the Tribeca apartment Strauss-Kahn lived in two years ago. - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 25th April 2013
Director Abel Ferrara had a spooky time shooting a new documentary about New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel, and he's convinced the building is haunted by its famous former inhabitants.
The hotel has long links with the city's artistic community and longterm residents have included Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious.
Vicious was arrested for murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in the Chelsea in 1978 - he died before he could face trial - and poet Thomas died from alcohol poisoning in his room there in 1953.
The hotel's history inspired Ferrara to capture it on film in Chelsea on the Rocks, which includes archive footage from the 1960s and 70s, and accuses the building's current owners of destroying its rich heritage.
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Will Smith has had his manhood chopped out of new movie I, ROBOT in America, but is the sight of his penis will thrill fans in Europe.
Smith bares all in a shower scene in the new sci-fi adventure film, which stormed to the top of the American box office at the weekend, but fans in the US will miss the actor's full frontal shot thanks to a little last-minute digital work.
The actor chose to reveal all in the scene to show how vulnerable his paranoid character is - but producers feared censors would cause a fuss, and cut the sight of Smith's manhood from the film.
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