The reason for the delay: the director was accused of sexual assault
The 50th feature film by Woody Allen, Rifkin’s Festival, finally found a release date for French theaters. It will be visible in cinemas from July 13, 2022, two years after opening the San Sebastián festival in Spain.
Following #MeToo, the director’s career had been put on hold. Indeed, the movement denouncing sexual violence in the cinema world had highlighted the complaint of his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. She claimed to have been abused by Allen beginning in 1992, when she was 9 years old. The director has always denied and has never been indicted, only his reputation had been tarnished. In this context, the film’s French distributor, Apollo, which was originally due to release it in the fall of 2021, had removed it from its line-up.
Allen v. Farrow: the shocking trailer for the Woody Allen docuseries
This film is the story of an American couple vacationing at the San Sebastián festival. They fall under the spell of the event, of Spain and of the magic that emanates from the films. The wife has an affair with a brilliant French director while her husband cheats on her with a beautiful Spaniard.
On display, we find Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel, Gina Gershon, Sergi Lopez, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Waltz, Richard Kind and Nathalie Poza.
The trailer right here: