Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ has been set as the opening night movie of the Deauville American Film Festival on Sept. 6,” writes Nancy Tartaglione for Deadline.
The story continues, “The French premiere is the highest-profile showcase the title will have had to date. It was previously shelved by Amazon in the U.S., which also nixed a four-film deal with Allen, citing comments the director made about the #MeToo movement. Allen then brought a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the streamer. The Deauville fest selection of the Oscar winning filmmaker’s latest may stoke further debate– but maybe not in France.”
The story adds that while European audiences might not be as hostile to Allen as U.S. audiences, “it is notable that Allen’s last film, ‘Wonder Wheel,’ sold under 400K tickets when it was released in France in January 2018, resulting in one of his poorest performances ever and despite positive critical and audience scores locally. This was shortly after allegations of sexual assault against the filmmaker were reasserted by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow (Allen has repeatedly denied the accusations and has never been charged).”