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Abel Ferrara at Cannes: 'You gotta be careful what you say but I'm not'

Abel Ferrara has long been one of Hollywood's most provocative directors. This week his new film, Welcome to New York, was the hot ticket at Cannes especially after ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn decided to sue

Abel Ferrara always wanted to be the talk of Cannes. That's why, at first, he was sorry his new movie hadn't made the cut. "Do I feel bad? Yeah, I do. I wish they liked the film better. Am I gonna kill myself? No. That's one less tuxedo I have to rent. One more red carpet I don't have to walk down. They got 35 films they like and mine they didn't. Fine."

So Ferrara did what he's been doing for 40 years, since he stood in for the lead on his first film, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy "Imagine paying $300 to a guy to have sex with your girlfriend and then he can't get it up!" he improvised. He hustled solo. His film might not have made the official selection; that didn't mean it couldn't be shown. "They don't own this city. We go rent a theatre, show the movie, people come. If no one was interested, no one would come."

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