Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian director, known for his provocative films and social criticism (The Gospel According to Matthew, Pigsty, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) as well as his violent death on a beach outside Rome in 1975. Pasolini was an atheist, a Marxist and openly gay. This led to his early estrangement from his father, loyal to the fascist leader Benito Mussolini. The movie about his life explores both his personal life as well as his professional life as a director and writer during his last days. The role of Pasolini is played by Willem Dafoe (Platoon, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Florida Project).