French Connection: Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ to open in France after Amazon shelves it
Woody Allen has found a safe haven in France — for his film.
The controversial filmmaker’s latest project “A Rainy Day in New York” will live on after Amazon Studios unceremoniously dumped the project amid resurfaced sexual abuse allegations against Allen by his daughter Dylan Farrow.
The movie, starring Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Selena Gomez, will be opening France’s 45th Deauville American Film Festival next month, followed by a theatrical release in that country on Sept. 18.
Deauville’s artistic director Bruno Barde said he always championed Allen’s films.
“I consider myself a feminist, and I understand #MeToo but Woody Allen had been cleared by the American justice in two different states and I trust the American justice system,” he told Variety.
Chalamet, who garnered an Academy Award nomination for 2017’s “Call Me By Your Name,” announced he would donate his salary from his role to various charity organizations, including Time’s Up.
Gomez reportedly made a sizable anonymous donation to Time’s Up too.
The acclaimed auteur of the classic comedies “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan” and “Hannah And Her Sisters” entered into the multi-picture agreement with the Amazon Content Services and Amazon Studios in August 2017.
Following the exit of Amazon Studios’ chief Roy Price, the digital retail giant unraveled the reported $73 million deal. Allen sued Amazon in Manhattan Federal Court in February saying the studio wrongly backed out of their deal due to “unfounded” allegations. In May, Variety reported that Amazon returned the domestic rights to the film to Allen.
Two months later, a Manhattan judge tossed several claims in Allen’s lawsuit against Amazon for abruptly abandoning the deal, ruling he must litigate the cancellation of the contracts individually.