Turn in the Wound

A film about performance, poetry, music and the experience of people at war. Searching for meaning in the never-ending suffering and conflicts that echo the past, Turn in the Wound looks at the eternal quest for freedom in the face of oppression and military force. The voice of Patti Smith, reciting works by Artaud, Daumal and Rimbaud, joins the words of soldiers and people living in the combat zones in Ukraine and those of its President Volodymyr Zelenskyj.
by Abel Ferrara
with Volodymyr Oleksandrovyč Zelenskyj, Andrei Yermak, Patti Smith
United Kingdom / Germany / Italy / USA 2024 Ukrainian, English 77’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


  • Volodymyr Oleksandrovyč Zelenskyj
  • Andrei Yermak
  • Patti Smith


Director Abel Ferrara
Cinematography Sean Price Williams, Emmanuel Gras, Alessandro Abate
Editing Leonardo Daniel Bianchi
Music Patti Smith
Producers Diana Phillips, Philipp Kreuzer
Executive Producers Grear Patterson, Andrew Ruhemann, Walter Puryear, Bryan Karlovitz
Co-Producer Maurizio Antonini

Produced by

Rimsky Productions

maze pictures



Abel Ferrara

Born in the Bronx, New York City in 1951, he directed his first Super 8 films as a teenager and entered into early collaborations with screenwriters Nicholas St. John and John McIntyre. In the late 1970s, he made his first feature films, Driller Killer and Ms. 45. In the 1980s and 1990s, his international successes included King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral and The Addiction, which was selected for the Berlinale Competition. He won the Honorary Leopard at Locarno in 2011. His work most recently screened in the Berlinale Competition in 2020 with Siberia.


1979 Driller Killer 1981 Ms. 45 1984 Fear City 1987 China Girl 1990 King of New York 1992 Bad Lieutenant 1993 Body Snatchers · Dangerous Game 1995 The Addiction 1996 The Funeral 1997 The Blackout 1998 New Rose Hotel 2001 R XMas 2005 Mary 2007 Go Go Tales 2008 Chelsea on the Rocks; documentary 2009 Napoli, Napoli, Napoli 2011 4:44 – Last Day on Earth 2014 Welcome to New York · Pasolini 2017 Alive in France; documentary · Piazza Vittorio; documentary 2019 The Projectionist; documentary · Tommaso 2020 Siberia 2022 Padre Pio 2024 Turn in the Wound

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024