Pier Paolo Pasolini Biopic to Begin Filming With Willem Dafoe

11:54 AM PST 01/22/2014 by Eric J. Lyman
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Willem Dafoe

Filming on "Pasolini" will start Jan. 28, with award-winning director Abel Ferrara behind the camera.

ROME -- Pasolini, an English-language biopic about iconic Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, will begin shooting in Rome next week, according to sources and Italian news reports.

Directed by Bad Lieutenant director Abel Ferrara, the film -- starring Willem Dafoe in the title role -- will shoot for five weeks in the Italian capital starting Jan. 28. Ferrara has been in Rome scouting locations since at least November.

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The versatile Pasolini had a notable career in many areas, including journalism, literature, linguistics, acting, playwriting, painting and politics, but he is best known internationally for his work as a film director, including acclaimed drama Mamma Roma (1962), gripping mystery story Teorema (1968) and his 1971 adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's early renaissance stories Decameron. His films won major awards in Berlin, Cannes and Venice.

Pasolini, a well-known homosexual who died after being run over by a car several times under mysterious circumstances in 1975, is considered one of the protagonists of Italy's neorealism movement.

The Ferrara film, according to reports, will detail the uncertain circumstances of Pasolini's final days.

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