Skip to main content


France, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Documentaries)

Director: Rafi Pitts

Cinema of Our Time - Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty France

'For five days, director Rafi Pitts was able to follow the inspired director of Driller Killer, The Bad Lieutenant and New Rose Hotel from close by. The result is an eccentric road-movie, with the restless Ferrara as a charming, seedy guide leading us through nocturnal New York. Pitts' introverted approach offers all the space Ferrara needs and he has no trouble filling this space with his larger-than-life personality. We see him quarrel with taxi drivers, start talking frankly to strange women in the street and tell his version of the truth to anyone who wants to hear. But his isolation becomes apparent in an America to which Ferrara does not want to conform. Illustrated with unusual fragments'sometimes only the soundtrack'The film immerses us in memories, allusions and deconstructions of the New York filmmaker.' -Rotterdam Film Festival

'Ferrara's intelligence and robust personality are vividly captured' [and he] comes across as witty, engaging and far more lucid than one would expect given his reputation for hard living.' -Variety

D/S Rafi Pitts P AMIP WS Doc & Co TD Video/Col/2003/80mins

Rafi Pitts was born in 1967. Films include: In Exile (1991, short), Salandar (1994, short), Season Five (1997), Sanam (2000).

See also...


Two soldiers come across an old man in the desert whom they attempt to interrogate. His lack of cooperation by means of absolute silence provokes disastrous results for the soldiers who fail to ... More »


Corruption in modern Iran comes under fire in The Hunter, a neo-realist drama that veers into thriller territory. ... In the icy woods outside of Tehran, security guard Ali lets off steam by hunting ... More »


It's Winter was in Official Competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival. ... Khatoun and her daughter are abandoned when her husband searches for work elsewhere. Months pass. His family doesn't ... More »


S21, The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (S21, La Machine de mort Khmère Rouge) FranceUnder the barbaric Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, approximately two million people were interrogated, tortured ... More »

henri langlois: the phantom of the cinematheque

[Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque] is an absorbing and rewarding tribute to a colossus of French film. One of the co-founders of Cinematheque Francaise, Langlois almost single-handedly ... More »


“I'd even defend Bush… provided he pleaded guilty.” - Jacques VergèsDefender of the unrighteous and downright monstrous, French lawyer Jacques Vergès presents an enigmatic and morally ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director