There are no indications that it will be the last day in the life of Italian writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini. As usual, he spends the morning of November 2, 1975 with his mother, before reading the newspaper and working on a screenplay. Actress Laura Betti comes by for lunch. That afternoon at home, Pasolini meets yet another journalist for an interview about his “scandalous” film Saló, o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Saló, or the 120 Days of Sodom). In the evening, he has dinner with friends at a restaurant, then drives his Alfa Romeo to the local gay pick-up strip, where 17-year-old Pino Pelosi gets into the director’s car. The two drive to the beach at Ostia, where a group of young men appear out of the darkness … The linear biopic narrative is interspersed with scenes shot based on Pasolini’s final screenplay. Among other things, those film snippets show veteran Pasolini actor Ninetto Davoli visiting an alleged “homosexual paradise”. In contrast to Davoli’s exuberant comic mien, Willem Dafoe plays the director as a contemplative person. Enriched with many original Pasolini quotes, his intense portrayal gives us a hint of what might have been …
by Abel Ferrara
with Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli, Giada Colagrande, Adriana Asti, Valerio Mastandrea
France / Italy / Belgium 2014 English, Italian, French 84’ Colour


  • Willem Dafoe
  • Maria de Medeiros
  • Riccardo Scamarcio
  • Ninetto Davoli
  • Giada Colagrande
  • Adriana Asti
  • Valerio Mastandrea


Director Abel Ferrara
Screenplay Maurizio Braucci based on an idea by Abel Ferrara, Nicola Tranquillino
Cinematography Stefano Falivene
Editing Fabio Nunziata
Sound Julien Momenceau
Production Design Igor Gabriel
Art Director Amenah Monem
Costumes Rossano Marchi
Make-Up Turid Follvik
Producers Thierry Lounas, Conchita Airoldi, Joseph Rouschop

Produced by

Capricci Films / Urania Pictures S.r.l. / Tarantula

Dublin Films / Arte France Cinéma