Official Selection


Abel Ferrara | Italy, Germany, Mexico | 2020 | 92 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish

Siberia is a hectic rush of delusional honesty, trademark of the Ferrara firm, an epic "on the other side of the mirror" version of his autobiographical Tommaso where he exposed his soul point-blank. The linking element is the story of Clint ( played again by Willem Dafoe), who lives among the icy mountains in a cabin that operates as a tavern. Following the arrival of a pregnant woman who seduces him, the character unfolds and the time lines are blurred: the labyrinths of a man's search for redemption.

Direction: Abel Ferrara
Script: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois
Cinematography: Stefano Felivene
Editing: Fabio Nunziata, Leonardo D. Bianchi
Music: Joe Delia
Sound: Neil Benezra, Lavinia Burcheri
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Dounia Sichov, Simon McBurney, Christina Chiriac, Valentina Rozumenko, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Phil Neilson, Fabioo Pagano, Anna Ferrara
Production: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze, Julio Chavezmontes, Diana Phillips
Production Company: Vivo film, Rai Cinema, maze pictures, Piano

Abel Ferrara

The spearhead of American independent cinema, Ferrara was born in New York in 1951 from Italian and Irish descent. She is part of an iconic generation that, in the heat of the urban thriller, speaks of the experience of the descendants from that great European migration wave. Since his debut in 1979 with the film The Driller Killer, he has authored a long list of cult titles (mostly about tormented and self-destructive characters) such as The King of New York (1990), Corrupt Lieutenant (1992), Body Snatchers (1993), The Funeral (1996) and Blackout (1997). In the last decade he delivered titles such as 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) or Pasolini (2014), in addition to numerous documentaries. Locarno awarded him an Honorary Award for his career in 2011. Siberia, which premiered at the Berlinale, continues in the trail of Tommaso, an autobiographical film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Seville European Film Festival in 2019.

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