Head and Hands: My Black Angel

  • 43'
  • USA
  • 2014
Initially, this filmed conversation between writer Alissa Bennett and Abel Ferrara sounds like a very long pitch. Since the early 1990s, Ferrara has nurtured a project to film Pasolini’s last days.
He is intrigued by the paradoxes of a man who lived with his mother, yet went out hunting for young boys every night. In his eyes, Pasolini was both a poet and a prophet - predicting Berlusconi, and scripting his own death scene.
Ferrara’s imagination becomes a prism through which we explore the complexity of Pasolini’s persona and the equally creative and self-destructive Zoë Lund, the actress who starred in Ms. 45, and was the co-author of Bad Lieutenant.
The conversation with writer Alissa Bennett is captured using two cameras, and Ruilova beautifully emulates Ferrara’s compulsive body language through her elliptic and repetitive editing.
Director
Aïda Ruilova
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
43'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producer
Monica Hampton
Sales
Aïda Ruilova
Screenplay
Aïda Ruilova, Alissa Bennett
Cinematography
Aïda Ruilova, Arthur Jafa
Editor
Aïda Ruilova
Sound Design
Paul Holly
Website
http://www.aidaruilova.com