Born in the Bronx, Abel FERRARA started making films on Super 8 in his teens, in upstate New York with Nicholas ST. JOHN – writer of Ms.45, King Of New York, The Addiction as well as The Funeral – and John McINTYRE – creative consultant and key crew member.
His career moved to downtown New York City in the late 70’s with the horror movies Driller Killer and Ms. 45.
When Ms.45 found distribution at Warner Bros., with the help of William FRIEDKIN, the reviews and international circulation lead to a cult reputation, larger budgets, studio funding and ‘name’ actors – Christopher WALKEN, Harvey KEITEL, Melanie GRIFFITH and Juliette BINOCHE.
King Of New-York in the beginning of the 90’s followed by Bad Lieutenant two years later and The Funeral, The Addiction and New Rose Hotel consolidated his position as a director of controversial cinema.
His career combines larger budget with no budget features and documentaries, from New York City to Roma, Jerusalem, Napoli, Alabama, Los Angeles and back to the streets of New York.
The 21st century began with R’Xmas, Mary and his documentary on the chelsea hotel, Chelsea On The Rocks. Then, he has continued into the present decade with 4:44 – Last Day On Earth, his third feature with Willem DAFOE, Welcome To New-York, starring Gérard DEPARDIEU and Jacqueline BISSET and with Pasolini, again starring Willem DAFOE in 2014, about the last days of the Italian director. DAFOE will also star in Siberia, his upcoming feature.
A masterclass by Abel FERRARA will takes place on Sunday, June 12th at 6PM at Le Balzac. The masterclass will be moderated by Béatrice THOMAS-WACHSBERGER, film journalist and master of ceremony.
Abel FERRARA will also introduce his three films The King of New York, Ms. 45 and his latest creation Searching for Padre Pio on Monday, June 13th at 4PM at the Publicis Club.