4:44 Last Day On Earth
Dir.: Abel Ferrara | USA, Switzerland, France 2011 | 82 min
The cult director Abel Ferrara is back in New York with an apocalyptic chamber piece set in an apartment on the Lower East Side the night before the end of the world. Here, two new lovers (played by Willem Dafoe and the debutant Shanyn Leigh) spend the last hours together watching the news on TV, painting, screwing and philosophizing about the imminent end of existence. For what else would you do? And what does it all mean when you know that it's all over tomorrow? The romantic Ferrara gives us his own version of 'Melancholia', made with almost no budget, but with an urban and unsentimental coolness, which resembles a personal memento mori. But as long as we have him among us, fans of one of American cinema's most distinctive personalities can be grateful that he is also one of the most productive filmmakers around. And that he is back on home turf after over ten years in cinematic exile.