New York Film Festival 2021
Directed by: Andrei Ujică
Length: 11 min.
Pier Paolo Pasolini and his theological advisor, Don Andrea Carraro, arrive in Palestine in 1960 to scout locations for The Gospel According to St. Matthew. Through candid archival footage and surprising juxtapositions, the film tracks both Pasolini’s journey and Christ’s—across the desert, to the shores of a raging sea, and beyond.
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrea Carraro
IL VANGELO SECONDO MATTEO
Special Jury Prize, Venice 1964
Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Country: Italy, France
Length: 137 min.
Along a rocky, barren coastline, Jesus begins teaching, primarily using parables. He attracts disciples; he's stern, brusque, and demanding. He comes to bring a sword, not peace, he says. He's in a hurry, moving from place to place near the Sea of Galilee, sometimes attracting a multitude, sometimes being driven away. His parables often take on the powers that be, so he and his teachings come to the attention of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and elders. They conspire to have him arrested, beaten, tried, and crucified, just as he prophesied to his followers. After he dies, he appears to his disciples and gives them final instructions.
Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Settimio Di Porto, Marcello Morante