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Fantasia Review: Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Starring Gérard Depardieu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 10:25 AM
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Welcome To New York
The film is inspired by a court case, the public stages of which have been filmed, broadcast, reported and commented on throughout the media worldwide. Nonetheless, the characters and all the sequences depicting their private lives remain entirely fictional. So reads the caveat in the press notes and trailer for Abel Ferrara's "Welcome To New York," a film inspired by the headlines made by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel worker In New York City.

Watch: New NSFW Trailer For Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Starring Gérard Depardieu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 8:43 AM
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Welcome To New York
If Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" didn't fill your quota of financial guys partying hard and treating women badly, then not to worry. Abel Ferrara also has a new movie set in the Big Apple, featuring more sleazy dudes who just can't keep their hands to themselves. "Welcome To New York" is coming, and a brand new NSFW work trailer is here.

Watch: New Trailer For Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Starring Gérard Depardieu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2014 9:42 AM
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As far as headline making scandals go, the hoopla around IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his alleged sexual assault of a hotel worker in New York City, seems to have faded from memory. But leave it to Abel Ferrara to bring it charging back into the minds of everyone. The latest trailer for "Welcome To New York" is here and it promises no shortage of sizzle.

Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Going VOD Only In France, Could Be Late Addition To Cannes Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 4:48 PM
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Abel Ferrara and theatrical distribution mix like oil and water. His films always seem to be hard to find on the big screen, usually slotted with a smaller distributor who doesn't expand his films beyond the few screens they manage to snag in New York City and Los Angeles. And for his latest, "Welcome To New York," French producers The Wild Bunch are forgoing a theatrical release entirely.

Watch: Cameo-Filled Trailer For Comedy 'Don Peyote' Featuring Anne Hathaway, Abel Ferrara & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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Don Peyote Anne Hathaway
Well, we'll give co-writer/director Dan Fogler credit for this: he certainly knows how to work a Rolodex. Ordinarily, we probably wouldn't pay a movie titled "Don Peyote" much mind, but when it manages to rope in a rather oddball assortment of people for cameo roles, well, we gave more time out of day than we otherwise would have.

Review: Abel Ferrara's 'Ms. 45' A Lean Slice Of '80s Sleaze

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 7:16 PM
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Ms. 45
It doesn't take long into "Ms. 45" to know that you're inside an Abel Ferrara film. Four gunshots announce the title card of the movie, while within the first ten minutes, a young man gets raped twice — once on the way home from work, pulled into an alley and violated by a masked man, and again in her apartment by a burglar who decides to take her body when she doesn't have any cash. And by the way, she's mute too. Certainly, the indicators are all here that the man whose previous efforts at the time were the driller killer movie titled, uh, "Driller Killer" and a porno, along with a handful of shorts, wasn't exactly going to be pushing the creative envelope here. But, beneath the provocative opening and imagery is a picture with surprising restraint and a real sense of purpose.

Abel Ferrara Talks The Return Of 'Ms. 45,' Courting Controversy, His Upcoming Film About Pier Paolo Pasolini & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:21 PM
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Abel Ferrara
There are few directors who could count a porno among their early works ("9 Lives of a Wet Pussy," in case you're wondering), but then again, there are few filmmakers like Abel Ferrara. Perhaps he was always destined to court controversy, but that hasn't diminished Ferrara's distinctive, kinetic and yes, provocative, body of work that has seen him tell dark stories set in even darker corners of society. But once the initial power of those first viewings wear off, Ferarra's work reveals layers that weren't immediately apparent on repeated visits. And that may certainly be the case for the filmmaker's 1981 sophomore feature "Ms. 45."

Abel Ferrara Doesn't Want To Talk About 'The King Of New York' Prequel But Says Michael Pitt Would've Starred

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 1:30 PM
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Christopher Walker King Of New York
While there are no shortage of descriptions for Abel Ferrara—auteur, provacateur, New York city icon—they fail to capture the complexity of man whose body of work has captured acclaim and controversy, often at the same time. And one of the pictures that continues to resonate more than two decades after it landed on theater screens is 1990's "King Of New York."

Watch: Trailer For Re-Release Of Abel Ferrara’s 1981 Revenge Thriller 'Ms. 45' Plus Great Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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Can we get a little shout out to Drafthouse Films? As the majors continue to put more money into big franchises (see everything being released in 2015), it's guys like Drafthouse (and A24, Roadside Attractions, IFC Films, etc.) that keep cinephiles excited. And in addition to taking on challenging foreign films and edgy American movies, Drafthouse has also resurrected cult fare as well. "Miami Connection," "Wake In Fright," and the forthcoming "The Visitor" are just some recent examples and there's one more to keep an eye on: Abel Ferrara's "Ms. 45."

Willem Dafoe To Play Pier Paolo Pasolini In Biopic Directed By Abel Ferrara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 10:59 AM
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Announced way back at the beginning of the year, this is a bit of news we missed, forgot about and are now reminded that not only is it actually a thing, but that it's very much moving forward. Provocateur Abel Ferrara, who is currently finishing up "Welcome To New York," a movie based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex scandal, is now preparing to bring the final moments in the life of one of cinema's most daring directors to the big screen.

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