Art preview: Pasolini gets a life

Ai Lau

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 5:17pm


1001 Nights of Pasolini
Alice Theatre Laboratory


Nominated for best director and best stage effects at the 2011Theatre Libre awards, Alice Theatre Laboratory’s 1001 Nights of Pasolini returns for an extended run tomorrow, with new scenes.

Director Andrew Chan Hang-fai says the extra material offers more insight into the life – and death – of Italian cult filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, who died in suspicious circumstances in 1975.

Scenes have been added between Pasolini (Desmond Lai Ho-yin) and policeman Paolo (Ben So Yuk-fai) and Laura Betti (Chan Shui-yu), who is lovesick for the gay film director.

“We all [the cast] admire Pasolini,” says Chan. “I dreamed of him the other night. I saw his corpse on the beach and heard a voice saying he had become a child. I don’t know what that means, but it became my driving force.”

Chan’s interest in Pasolini was piqued by the 1981documentary Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die.

“Do people die for speaking the truth? People seem no longer to treasure such values today. People, particularly those in power, choose to conceal the truth in order to preserve their own interests or are willing to be dragged [down] by their greediness,” Chan says.

On November 2, 1975, Pasolini was run over by his own car on a beach at Ostia. Giuseppe Pelosi, a 17-year-old hustler, confessed to the crime, but retracted his confession 30 years later.

Evidence discovered in 2005 suggested an extortionist may have killed him.

“I don’t believe a 17-year-old hustler could have killed an adult like Pasolini. I believe it was a politically motivated assassination,” Chan says.


April 19 and 20, 8pm; April 20 and 21, 3pm. HK City Hall Theatre. HK$120 and HK$180. Tel: 2268 7325 or 2784 7938