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'Movies should provide a spiritual service': Abel Ferrara on cinema

Olivia Salazar-Winspear sits down with the cult director as he shares years of experience at a master class during the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. Ferrara has become synonymous with gritty, underworld gangster flicks like "King of New York" and "Bad Lieutenant"; since then he’s moved to factual material with the 2014 biopic "Pasolini" and a documentary on the life of Padre Pio.

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He tells us about working with French screen legend Gérard Depardieu on the controversial film "Welcome to New York" – Ferrara’s take on the sex scandal surrounding former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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