A man flees from one world to another that is strange and cold. Furs and fires keep him warm; a cave serves as his shelter. He is a broken man who wants to be alone. But even isolation does not bring him inner peace. Once again, he goes on a journey, this time into the self. He explores his dreams, confronts memories and seeks out visions. The rare encounters with other people are in languages he does not speak, determined by bodies that fascinate him, and by types of love he explores and then loses. His journey becomes a dance with demons, but time and again it flares up: light. In cinema history there have been many attempts to portray the mythical as something intimate, and the radical as a personal journey. But there is only one artist who is as wildly anarchistic, metaphysically mysterious, and at the same time god-obsessed and fanatical about the truth: Abel Ferrara, joining forces here once again with his acting alter ego, Willem Dafoe. While his previous film Tommaso explored the way desire plays out in families, in Siberia the (male) ego abandons all semblance of everyday life in a tumultuous montage. To expose and discover himself.
by Abel Ferrara
With Willem Dafoe, Dounia Sichov, Simon McBurney, Cristina Chiriac, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Phil Neilson, Fabio Pagano, Anna Ferrara, Laurentio Arnatsiaq
Italy / Germany / Mexico 2020 English 92’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Willem Dafoe (Clint)
  • Dounia Sichov (Ex-Wife)
  • Simon McBurney (Magician)
  • Cristina Chiriac (Russian Woman)
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho (Teacher)
  • Phil Neilson (Woodsman)
  • Fabio Pagano (Monk)
  • Anna Ferrara (Clint’s Son)
  • Laurentio Arnatsiaq (Inuit)

Crew

DirectorAbel Ferrara
Written byAbel Ferrara, Christ Zois
CinematographyStefano Falivene
EditingFabio Nunziata, Leonardo D. Bianchi
MusicJoe Delia
Sound DesignNeil Benezra
SoundLavinia Burcheri
Production DesignRenate Schmaderer
CostumesBrenda Gómez
Make-upMarco Pompei
Assistant DirectorJacopo Bonvicini
CastingGiulio Donato
Production ManagerDaniele Esposito
ProducersMarta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze, Julio Chavezmontes, Diana Phillips

Produced by

Vivo film

Rom, Italy

+390 6 8078002

Rai Cinema

Rom, Italy

+390 6 33179601

maze pictures

München, Germany

+49 89 12193934

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Piano

Mexico City, Mexico

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World sales

The Match Factory

Köln, Germany

+49 221 5397090

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Abel Ferrara

Born in the Bronx, New York 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. He recently worked with his long-term collaborator and star of Siberia Willem Dafoe on the biopic Pasolini.

Filmography

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

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020