Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to distribute Pasolini, a long-awaited film about the final days of the controversial Italian filmmaker.

Directed by Bad Lieutenant and King of New York auteur Abel Ferrera (a controversial filmmaker in his own right), the film stars Willem Dafoe as the titular artist who was violently murdered under mysterious circumstances.

Though Pasolini premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, competing for the Golden Lion in 2014, and was later screened in Toronto and New York, it has taken a long time for the film to make it’s way to the United States.

Having recently finished making Salò, or 120 Days of Sodom, Pasolini has enraged audiences, critics and politicians with his homosexuality and the scandal that surrounds his films. Focusing on both his private and professional life, the film explores the inner-world of Pasolini in the days before his violent death.

A sneak premiere of Pasolini will be hosted in May as part of a month-long Abel Ferrara retrospective called “Abel Ferrara Unrated” at the Museum of Modern Art. As soon as the film is announced for DVD and Blu-ray, we’ll make it available to pre-order.

In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for the film below. We also have two of Pasolini films available to watch now at TLAgay – 1961’s Accattone and 1964’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew.

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