Starring an American couple in the Spanish Basque Country, this melancholy vaudeville takes up all the director’s favorite themes, with numerous references to the seventh art.
According to information from French movie , the fiftieth film written and directed by Woody Allen, dubbed Rifkin’s Festival , will be released in theaters on September 29 in France. Distributed by the company Apollo Films, the sentimental feature film bears – again and again – on a love triangle, a theme so dear to the filmmaker.
The story is that of an American couple who came to Spain on vacation during the San Sebastián Festival. Charmed – bewitched – by the event and the country, the lovebirds ultimately deceive each other, one with a French director, the other with a Spanish. The shooting took place in the vicinity of this coastal town in the Basque Country in the summer of 2019.
The feature film had, moreover, opened the same San Sebastián Festival in September 2020, however, not participating in the official competition. With a major cast, including Americans Gina Gershon and Wallace Shawn, Spaniards Sergi López and Elena Anaya, Frenchman Louis Garrel and Austrian Christoph Waltz, the 85-year-old director offers a vaudeville that is both light and melancholy drunk. references to cinema.
This screening took place as the filmmaker’s career had come to a halt since the emergence of the #MeToo movement against sexual violence in cinema. The wave in particular resurfaced the accusations against him on the part of his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. The latter claims to have been sexually abused by Woody Allen in 1992, when she was seven years old. The filmmaker has always refuted these accusations.
Woody Allen has not been the subject of an indictment or trial, but his reputation has been seriously damaged in the United States as a result of this case. Which explains why A rainy day in New York was released in France and other European and South American countries but not in the United States. In February 2021, a documentary series in four episodes, Allen vs Farrow, broadcast on HBO and then OCS, returned in particular to these accusations.