Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2017


Retrospectives - Abel Ferrara


Director: Abel Ferrara
Production: Enjoy Movies Srl

Piazza Vittorio

A film by Abel Ferrara

Piazza Vittorio is the biggest square in Rome. Both the square and the adjacent districts of the Esquiline stand out for the multiethnic variety of their inhabitants. Here, in fact, we find a range of ethnic groups from nearby and far away: Romans, Asians, North Africans and Indians who make the square and neighborhood a lively place but at the same time one that is not easy to manage.

Precisely because of its unique and colorful nature, many artists and other figures with ties to the world of cinema, like Matteo Garrone and Willem Dafoe, have chosen to make it their home. Among them is the great director Abel Ferrara, who has decided to portray this world from his own independent and poetic point of view, putting himself physically on the line in the production of the film.

Out of this has come a surreal and neorealist picture of a day in the square’s life, with interviews with illegal and legal immigrants, tramps, artists, proprietors of businesses and politicians who give their personal accounts of the place. It is the portrait not just of a square, but of an Italy that is changing and that is trying at all costs to go down the road of integration, often underestimating the side effects.
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    Piazza Vittorio
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  • 82'


Director: Abel Ferrara
Production: Enjoy Movies Srl


Abel Ferrara

Born in New York in 1951, Abel Ferrara is an American filmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content of his films, his use of neo-noir imagery and gritty urban settings. He maintains a cult reputation that allows him to navigate between large-budget features and decadent B-movie-style tales. A long-time independent filmmaker, his best-known films include Ms .45 (1981), King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Funeral (1996) and Pasolini (2014). Abel Ferrara has been a guest of LEFFEST several times, and his work was screened  in a Retrospective at LEFFEST’ 17. He returns this year to the festival to present his new film Padre Pio.
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