Ferrara initially tried to launch the film via Kickstarter last year
Isabelle Huppert, Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe Star in Abel Ferrara’s New Film ‘Siberia’
Art and Experience: This year, actress Isabelle Huppert starred in two of the most acclaimed films of the year: Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come.” For her dual performances, she won Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics, and she just topped the IndieWire’s Critics Poll for “Elle.” Now, The Film Stage reports from the Italian publication La Stampa that Huppert has been “certainly cast” in Abel Ferrara’s upcoming film “Siberia” alongside Willem Dafoe (“The Last Temptation of Christ”) and Nicolas Cage (“Raising Arizona”).
Ferrara initially tried to launch the film via Kickstarter last year, but failed to raise enough money to meet his $50,000 goal. On the Kickstarter page, Ferrera says that “Siberia” was conceived by him and Chris Zois, a screenwriter and psychiatrist, “that uses Carl Jung’s ‘The Red Book’ as a starting point” and that he wishes “to explore the language of dreams, myth and the natural world.” But according to The Film Stage, the longer synopsis involves two men, both played by Dafoe, in an outpost far north of “Jack London country” where they serve “coffee, sympathy and an odd video game to passing strangers” in a strange cafe, until one of the men is thrust on a journey across his psyche.
Abel Ferrara’s last film “Pasolini” also starred Willem Dafoe and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.