Packing a voice that’s sounds like a New York accent filtered through gravel and a filmmaking resume comprised exclusively of uncompromising darkness, Abel Ferrara is a pretty intimidating provocateur. He’s also a genuine artist who sprung from the exploitation movie marketplace with art film aspirations and now brings a little of the old grit with him to art house fare. HIs career began with self-explanatory shock titles like Driller Killer and Ms. 45, then matured through the likes of King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, and The Addiction. These days, his hair is white and his wrinkles have wrinkles, but the work remains just as incendiary and he’s more productive than ever.
Ferrara’s last film Welcome to New York just premiered at Cannes and now his latest film Pasolini has come to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. As the title suggests, it’s about the legendary Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with Ferrara’s latest muse Willem Dafoe in the title role. It follows the final days of Pasolini’s life, finishing up his still controversial masterpiece Salo, working on some unfinished projects, engaging in a few heated debates with critics, visiting friends, and finally getting murdered under mysterious circumstances. In other words, it’s perfect Ferrara subject matter. Collider got a chance to chat with Ferrara during his visit to TIFF about his latest movie, shooting some of Pasolini’s unfinished scripts, battling over Body Snatchers, and the possibility (or not) of a Driller Killer 2. Hit the jump for all the details.