“You got a lotta balls calling yourself a director after seeing a movie like Salò.”

As of late, Abel Ferrara has been a fairly major figure in the press, having just debuted Welcome to New York at the Cannes Film Festival to high praise and, in March, remarking to the Italian press he knows who’s behind the mysterious death of iconoclastic director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but there is no doubt Ferrara did his research on the great filmmaker and his day of departure. In this brief video, Ferrara discusses the aura of mystery surrounding Pasolini’s death and films, sharing memories of watching his films in a downtown art-house theater and forging a special connection with the patrons who didn’t walk out.