Official Selection


Abel Ferrara | Italy | 2019 | 115 min.
O.V in Italian and English subtitled in English and Spanish

If Willem Dafoe's face was already the canvas on which Abel Ferrara painted Pasolini's portrait in his last days, in Tommaso it serves to outline his possible self-portrait through the story of an Italian-American film director, who lives in Rome with his young wife and his three-year-old daughter (Ferrara's in real life). He navigates confusingly through life in a film that is both self-exorcism, therapy and nightmare, and that leads us through the humor, personal demons, past addictions, reality and the daydreams of a man who directed King of New York and The Funeral, and who seems to want to add Tommaso to his list of cult works.

Direction: Abel Ferrara
Script: Abel Ferrara
Cinematography: Peter Zeitlinger bvk, asc
Editing: Fabio Nunziata
Music: Joe Delia
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Anna Ferrara: Deedee, Cristina Chiriac
Production: Christos V. Kostantakopoulos, Laura Buffoni, Michael Weber, Simone Gattoni
Production Company: Faliro House, simila(r)


A pioneer of American independent cinema, Abel Ferrara was born in New York in 1951 of Italian and Irish descent. Together with authors such as Scorsese and Cimino, he is part of a generation of iconic directors who, in the heat of an urban thriller, talk about the particular experience of the descendants of that major European migration wave. Since his debut in 1979 with The Driller Killer, he has signed a long list of cult titles (mostly focusing on tormented and self-destructive characters) such as The King of New York (1990), Corrupt Lieutenant (1992), Body Snatchers (1993), The Funeral (1996) or Blackout (1997). In the last decade he has delivered titles such as 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) or Pasolini (2014), in addition to numerous documentaries. In 2011, Locarno awarded him the Honorary Prize for his career, yet another recognition for a solid career whose latest work reference is Tommaso, an autobiographical film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.