Following renewed scrutiny in recent years of sexual abuse allegations against Woody Allen brought by his adopted daughter, it has unclear whether Allen’s latest film, “Rifkin’s Festival,” will be released in theaters in the US.
Actors and producers in the US increasingly refused to work with Allen, but he continued to seek support in Europe. “Rifkin’s Festival” received support from Spanish and Italian production companies and premiered at the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain in 2020.
Starting Friday, “Rifkin’s Festival” will have limited screenings in select theaters in the United States – the list currently has 25 theaters, according to the movie’s website. The only theater in New York City registered to show the film was Cinema 4 people, in Greenwich Village.
It is also available to stream on several platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and Google Play.
The sexual abuse allegations against Allen, 86, received a new wave of attention last year after HBO released its docuseries.”Allen and Farrow,It examines Dylan Farrow’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her at the family’s Connecticut country home in 1992. Dylan and her mother, Mia Farrow, were involved in the project, bringing home workers. movie goes by events of that time, including the prosecutor’s decision not to charge Allen to free the traumatized Dylan during a trial.
Allen, who has long denied the allegations, called the series a “poor hit” that “didn’t care about the truth.”
“Rifkin’s Festival” is about a struggling former film professor and novelist who accompanies his writer wife to a film festival in Spain (which also premiered the series). movie). The husband (played by Wallace Shawn) only has eyes for his wife (Gina Gershon) and her flirtations with a hotshot director.
Critic Jessica Kiang watched the movie again for The New York Times after its premiere, and compared it favorably to Allen’s 2019 film “A rainy day in New York,” was dropped by Amazon as scrutiny grew over Dylan Farrow’s allegations and ended up in limited theatrical release in the United States. (Allen to sue Amazon for terminating its four-painting contract; company settled.)
“Rifkin’s festival is much less objectionable,” wrote Kiang, “and while it is a pale compliment, it needs to smell like salt, with Woody Allen later, we are grateful for the hearts of the people. little mercy.”
In recent years, some the actors said that they would not work with Allen because of Dylan Farrow’s allegations, but others have come forward to defend the director.
In November, Shawn defend his decision to take on the role, writing in an essay in The Wrap that he was “troubled at the rate at which some of my colleagues in the acting community have outpaced Woody.”
In a recent interview with WGN . TV station in Chicago, Gershon said she chose to work with Allen because he was a “genius.”
“It serves no one to stop great artists from working, even the alleged victims, does it?” she speaks.
Representatives for Dylan Farrow were not immediately available for comment.
Letty Aronson, Allen’s older sister and producer on the film, did not respond to a request for comment.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/movies/woody-allen-rifkins-festival-us.html Woody Allen’s ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ is opening in theaters in the US