Abel Ferrara, who launched his controversial Gerard Depardieu-starrer Welcome To New York at Cannes last year, will return to announce his plans for his next film. He’ll unveil at a 4 PM Monday press conference Siberia, a film he wrote with Chris Zois that will star Willem Dafoe. Ferrara will announce he’s taking to Kickstarter to raise money for the film. The press conference will be held at Club Silencio.
The film is inspired by Carl Jung’s Red Book, the revolutionary text on dreams. The movie will explore the language of dreams, and the unlocking of primal emotions like fear, regret and desire. Diana Phillips will produce for Unlimited Films Ltd, and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos will exec produce for Faliro House.
The firebrand filmmaker sparked to the idea of grassroots support through Kickstarter in association with The Sundance Institute. “Kickstarter is about being part of a community — the filmmaker and audience coming together to share the process of bringing an idea to filmic life,” Ferrara said in a statement. “It’s simple, direct, empowering, revolutionary. The perfect vehicle for Siberia.”
Ferrara and Dafoe are close collaborators and this will be their fifth film. The others were New Rose Hotel, Go Go Tales, 4:44 Last Day On Earth, and Pasolini. The actor has worked closely with Ferrara in forming the film.
“Abel understands, obviously, that if you give performance a connection to what is going on then when it’s time to actually do the thing there’s an understanding,” Dafoe said. A production start is planned for October in Italy and the U.S. We’ll run the Kickstarter link when it’s live next week.