ZEROS AND ONES
Director: Abel Ferrara
Feature film | Germany, USA, UK, Italy | 2020
85 min | Dolby 5.1
55th Hof International Film Festival
ZEROS AND ONES is a film of lockdown and war, danger and espionage, American soldiers, Chinese middlemen, Middle-Eastern holy men, provocateurs, diplomats, rogue elements of the KGB, and the Mossad, informants, killers, and rebels. Male or female interchangeable, allegiance and history fluid, where data and information last known, is the most valuable and only commodity. A casbah-esque landscape of noir streets, the feeling of Paris at the end of the occupation, but set in today’s postmodern, ancient and unchangeable Rome – the nights deserted except for the shadowy military and their operatives, paranoia and fear both masked and dangerous – all awaiting imminent attack. Piazza Vittorio, ground zero for our film.
J. Jericho is its hero. An American soldier armed with a video camera, service revolver, and a surgical mask, he is of rank and privilege and deep within the inner circle of elite fellow officers who are the law among the lawless, their contacts, and their informers. The central event is the destruction of the Vatican which will be blown into the night sky – the truth of this, and the fake news surrounding exactly who is responsible and why is only part of the story. More important is JJ’s own brother – the radical, the wanted revolutionary, the martyr, savior, and public enemy accused of pushing our world towards a final confrontation, one that will force all the players to finally choose a side, then take a stand.
With ETHAN HAWKE, CHRISTINA CHIRIAC, PHIL NEILSON, DOUNIA SICHOV, KORLAN MADI, MAHMUT SIFA ERKAYA, ANNA FERRARA, VALERIO MASTANDREA, SALVATORE RUOCCO
Screenplay ABEL FERRARA, Cinematography SEAN PRICE WILLIAMS, Editing LEONARDO DANIEL BIANCHI, Production design RENATE SCHMADERER, Costume design MAYA GILI, Sound LAVINIA BURCHERI, Executive Production DIANA PHILLIPS, Production PHILIPP KREUZER