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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.

Juliette Binoche, Jodie Foster & More Reportedly Eyed For Abel Ferrara's Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic As Isabelle Adjani Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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So remember about a year ago when Abel Ferrara was talking up his next movie, one that would be inspired/based on disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn? While producers were cagier, Ferrara was talking up a shoot last summer with Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, with Isabelle Adjani to co-star? Well, that didn't happen and now it looks like he's going to have to find a new leading lady.

Review: '4:44: Last Day On Earth' Envisions The Apocalypse Without Much Imagination

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 22, 2012 5:56 PM
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There's something very wrong in Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day On Earth." The world, as the title would suggest, is coming to an end, and Ferrara, the fuck-you auteur behind "King of New York" and the non-Nic Cage-adorned "Bad Lieutenant," is content with keeping things inside a spacious apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There aren't any fireballs ascending heavenward, or steely buildings splintering into a million computer generated pieces. The anguish here isn't global, but personal, and instead of millions of people, Ferrara zeroes in on an arty couple, played by Willem Dafoe (channeling his "Antichrist" persona of earnest concern, except with more levity and less genital mutilation) and the young Shanyn Leigh.

Abel Ferrara Talks '4:44 Last Day On Earth' & Says His Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic Will Be "Eye Opening"

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • March 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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Abel Ferrara is a handful. With wild gestures and expertly timed jokes, he piles the digressions high, but is much sharper and in control than his legendarily hard-living persona would suggest. The sixty-one-year-old has had one of American indie cinema’s most eclectic careers. A Bronx native, Ferrara has made his way from 42nd Street’s row of exploitation and porn theaters to the Croissette in Cannes. He mantains a manic, youthful energy that is both infectious and a bit terrifying, and although since he became sober over a year ago he has mellowed a bit, the toll that years of less-than-legal substances has taken has certainly not affected the filmmaker's wit or broad-hearted sensibility.

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