After “Midnight in Paris”, Woody Allen will return to the French capital for his fiftieth film which he described as a “toxic romance” with two French stars, Valérie Lemercier (“Aline”) and Niels Schneider (“Love Affair (Q))”.
The untitled movie, whose plot is still kept secret, will begin shooting next month and will be entirely in French with a budget of around $10 million. Allen described the film as being similar to Match Point, in that it would be “thrilling, dramatic, and also very sinister.”
Allen made headlines earlier this week after a Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia He posted a story that the New York-based director told them he was planning to retire. Then Allen’s representative released a statement saying that the director had “no intention of retiring.”
Lemercier is a famous French actor and director, whose latest film “Aline”, a film about Celine Dion, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Actress award at the César Awards. Schneider is a French actor who is currently finishing filming the crime series “Tikkoun” by Xavier Giannoli, and he previously starred in “Love Affair(s)” by Emmanuel Mouret. The film will remake Allen with the team that worked on “Midnight in Paris,” notably Rafael Pinoliel in Firstep and costume designer Sonia Grande.
Allen has been shooting movies in Europe for decades. For example “Match Point”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris” which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. But he has now lost significant support in the US after allegations of abuse involving his daughter Dylan and his comments about the #MeToo movement surfaced. It is believed that he is having more difficulties in finding famous American actors willing to act in his films. Rebecca Hall, Timothée Chalamet and Greta Gerwig, for example, lamented working with Allen.
Allen’s latest film “Rivkin Festival” was filmed in Spain with a cast led by Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel and Gina Gershon. Despite the allegations, Allen’s films were popular in France, often recording the highest international performance at the country’s box office. But the Rifkin Festival, which opened the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2020, has sold fewer than 100,000 tickets in France.
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