The Pasolini Files

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A film about the intellectual’s role in society and a tribute to the life and work of Pier Paolo Pasolini.




52 min


Andreas Pichler


In the night of November 2nd, 1975, the Italian film director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini is brutally murdered on the outskirts of Rome. The 17-year-old gigolo Pino Pelosi is found guilty of the crime and sentenced to maximum penalty, despite countless contradictions in the evidence. Decades later, Pelosi withdraws his testimony and the case is re-opened. How is it possible that the murder of the world famous Italian filmmaker has never been solved? Why have so many pieces of evidences and traces been ignored? And why did Pasolini have to die in the first place?

THE PASOLINI FILES investigates the circumstances of Pasolini’s murder from today’s perspective and draws a sinister picture of Italy in the 20th century. By the early 70s, Pasolini had turned into the most provocative and inconvenient voice in Italy, receiving a lot of attention by his contemporaries. His politically controversial texts and socio-critical films frequently shocked the Italian public and questioned the moral conventions of the country. Did Pasolini go too far in his criticism? Did he make too many enemies along the way?

Directed by
Andreas Pichler

Written by
Andreas Pichler
Karlotta Ehrenberg

Director of Photography
Marco Pasquini
Jürgen Rehberg

Editing and Sound Design
Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima

Production Manager
Nick Pastucha

Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Eva Schellenbeck

Executive Producer
Christian Beetz

Commissioning Editors
Martin Pieper

The Pasolini Files
  • „Just in diesem Moment überraschen uns die aus dem Theaterbereich stammenden jungen Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck mit einem erstaunlichen Dokumentarfilm, der seit Monaten Publikum und Kritik auf den wichtigsten Festivals der Welt elektrisiert. Völlig zu Recht: Es ist, als würden einem die Scheuklappen weggerissen, als sähe man das, was sich seit Jahren direkt vor unseren Augen abspielt, zum ersten Mal unverschleiert... eine fesselnde ,Doku noir' mit höchstem Anspruch...Dieser Film müsste an allen Schulen gezeigt werden.“
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In co-production with

  • wdr

In co-production with

  • zdf

In association with

  • arte

Supported by

  • medienboard
  • mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
  • media