Pier Paolo Pasolini
40th Anniversary

November 4 - November 22, 2015

On the 40th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s (1922-1975) death, Pera Film in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Institute of Culture in Istanbul is organizing a film program commemorating him and his work. Pasolini, a filmmaker, a poet, a novelist, a playwright, a painter, a critic and intellectual, was not only one of Italy’s most prominent figures for much of his life, he remains that, but, more importantly, he is a figure who belongs to the world.

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ability to simultaneously embrace conflicting philosophies—he was both a Catholic and a Marxist; modern-minded, openly gay; who looked to the distant past for inspiration and comfort. What he is best known for is undoubtedly his subversive body of film work. He was a student of the written word, and among his earliest movie jobs was writing additional dialogue for Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). Soon he was directing his first film, Accattone (1961), a tale of street crime whose style and content greatly influenced the debut feature of his friend Bernardo Bertolucci, La commare secca (1962), for which Pasolini also supplied the original story. The outspoken and always political Pasolini’s films became increasingly scandalous—even, to some minds, blasphemous—from the gritty reimagining of the Christ story The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) to the bawdy medieval tales in his Trilogy of Life (1971–1974). Tragically, Pasolini was found brutally murdered weeks before the release of his final work, the grotesque, Marquis de Sade–derived Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) provides a violent essay on Italy's Nazi-fascist past and still is one of the world’s most controversial films. Writer Ed Vulliamy, in his Guardian article meticulously remarks: “Pasolini had died, so history insists, as though in a scene from one of his films. ‘It is only at the point of death,’ Pasolini had said in 1967, ‘that our life, to that point ambiguous, undecipherable, suspended – acquires a meaning.’’’

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

In collaboration

 

November 4

19:00 Accattone

November 6

19:00 Love Meetings

Love and Anger: The Sequence of the Paper Flower

21:00 The Grim Reaper

November 7

14:00 Oedipus Rex

16:00 The Hawks and the Sparrows

November 8

14:00 Mamma Roma

November 11

19:00 Accattone

November 12

19:00 The Gospel According to St. Matthew

November 13

17:00 Prophecy: Pasolini's Africa

19:00 Notes Towards an African Orestes

21:00 Oedipus Rex

November 14

14:00 The Rage of Pasolini

16:00 The Gospel According to St. Matthew

November 15

14:00 The Grim Reaper

17:00 Notes Towards an African Orestes

November 18

19:00 The Hawks and the Sparrows

November 21

12:00 Love Meetings

Love and Anger: The Sequence of the Paper Flower

14:00 The Rage of Pasolini

16:00 Prophecy: Pasolini's Africa

November 22

14:00 Mamma Roma

Accattone

Accattone

Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

The Hawks and the Sparrows

The Hawks and the Sparrows

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Love Meetings

Love Meetings

Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma

Love and Anger: The Sequence of the Paper Flower

Love and Anger: The Sequence of the Paper Flower

The Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper

Notes Towards an African Orestes

Notes Towards an African Orestes

The Rage of Pasolini

The Rage of Pasolini

Prophecy: Pasolini's Africa

Prophecy: Pasolini's Africa

Program Trailer

Pier Paolo Pasolini
40th Anniversary

Pasolini, a filmmaker, a poet, a novelist, a playwright, a painter, a critic and intellectual, was not only one of Italy’s most prominent figures for much of his life, he remains that, but, more importantly, he is a figure who belongs to the world.

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico was born on July 10, 1888, in Volos, Greece, to an Italian family. His mother, Gemma Cervetto, was from a family of Genoa origin, but most likely she was born in Izmir. His father, Evaristo, was born on June 21, 1841 in the Büyükdere district of Istanbul.

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

Il Cavallo di Leonardo

In 1493, exactly 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci was finishing the preparations for casting the equestrian monument (4 times life size), which Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan commissioned in memory of his father some 12 years earlier. 

The Captive Sultan

The Captive Sultan

The war fought by the Greeks to shake off the Turkish yoke was closely observed around Europe and, this being the era of romanticism, the events taking place around Greece between 1821 and 1832 became a symbol for national liberation struggle.