Woody Allen has announced that he is retiring from filmmaking.
While in Europe to work on his 50th film, Woody Allen told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he intended to stop making films and spend more time on writing during his dark years. His final film will be in Paris and will be shot entirely in French in a few weeks.
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Allen described his upcoming film as being similar to “Match Point,” in that it would be “exciting, dramatic and also very sinister.” Allen recently wrote his fifth collection of comic pieces, “Zero Gravity,” which will be published by Alianza in Spain on September 27. In the United States, it was published by Arcade and distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Allen is shooting more often in Europe as his support in the United States is falling in the face of the abuse allegations against him. In 2020, he opened the San Sebastian Film Festival with “Rifkin’s Festival,” shot in and around the tony city of San Sebastian. His relationship with the festival of the capital of the Basque province dates back to 2004 when he premiered “Melinda & Melinda” and in 2008 with the premiere of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
The film stars Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel and Gina Gershon, and the “Rifkin Festival” takes place during the festival, the most important in the Spanish-speaking world.
Curiously enough, he announced at a press conference to mark the start of the film’s production that he “didn’t think about quitting.” The “Rifkin Festival” was supported by Spanish media giant Mediapro, which also supported two of Allen’s most successful films “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which brought Penelope Cruz her first Oscar, and “Midnight in Paris.”
Amazon Studios pulled the plug on his previous film “A Rainy Day in New York” after Allen “sabotaged” the film’s future through his comments on his daughter Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations. He sued them for $68 million alleging breach of contract. The dispute was later settled out of court.
Allen also had trouble with publishing houses. Hachette canceled publication of his memoir “Apropos of Nothing” after staff protests, but it was picked up by another publisher, Arcade.
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