Abel Ferrara / US, 1996 / 99 min.
Ray and Chez want revenge for the murder of their younger brother Johnny. Their actions are extremely violent. The way director Abel Ferrara deconstructs the romantic myth of the mafia makes the film deviate intriguingly from the rules of the genre. Christopher Walken shines in this role.
In the VR experience Missing Pictures, American independent director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, The Addiction) talks about his political thriller Birds of Prey that was never made.
A Ferrara film that was made is The Funeral, in which the director provides a shocking, disturbing intimate portrait of the inner workings of a New York mafia family. The film consists of a series of flashbacks at the funeral for Johnny, the youngest brother of Ray (Christopher Walken) and Chez (Chris Penn). Now one of them has been murdered, the Tempio family are gunning for revenge as the mafia code of honour dictates.
For every film completed, dozens of potential films fall by the wayside and never make it onto the big screen. In the VR experience Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se give us a guided tour of a story they were not able to tell.
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