Zeros and Ones (2021)

Director: Abel Ferrara Run Time: 85 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Anna Ferrara, Cristina Chiriac, Ethan Hawke, Phil Neilson, Salvatore Ruocco

Country: Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Italy
Language: English, Italian

About the film:

Best Direction Award winner at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival. An American soldier is stationed in post-apocalyptic Rome during a pandemic with the fear and paranoia of a war-torn lockdown. After witnessing the Vatican blown up into the night sky, he sets out on a mission to uncover and document the truth for the world to see and stop the true terrorists responsible.

“suffused with the restless creative spirit of someone who’s been waiting for a new world order”

—David Ehrlich for IndieWire

About the filmmaker:

One of arthouse cinema’s true visionaries, Abel Ferrara was born in the Bronx in 1951. Influenced by New York’s immigrants, artists, musicians, cops and drug addicts, he started making Super-8 films as a teenager, and in the late 1970s, he made his first feature films, Driller Killer and Ms. 45. In the 1980s and 1990s, his international successes included King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral and The Addiction. His exceptional, controversial career has been celebrated at the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, and Venice International Film Festival, where he was awarded the Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2020.

Ferrara filmed his 25th feature Zeros and Ones under Rome’s strict viral lockdown rules, using the eerily empty city to dramatic effect.

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