Woody Allen may have found himself once again at the center of controversy at the Cannes film festival in May – following repeated allegations, firmly denied by the film-maker, that he abused his daughter Dylan Farrow – but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood’s top players from jumping at the chance to work with the legendary director.
As with all of his recent films, plot details are being kept under wraps. No further casting announcements have been made.
Allen’s last film, Cafe Society, premiered to mostly favorable reviews on the opening night of Cannes. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called Allen’s tribute to golden-age Hollywood “amiable, if insubstantial”.
Unfortunately for Allen, Cafe Society’s Cannes debut was largely overshadowed by the ongoing accusations that he sexually assaulted Farrow – allegations he strongly denies, and which have never been brought to trial.
The morning of the premiere, a piece by Ronan Farrow, Allen’s estranged son, ran in the Hollywood Reporter, restating his support for his stepsister. In introducing the film at the Lumiere cinema, master of ceremonies Laurent Lafitte shocked the audience when he addressed a joke to Allen, saying: “It’s very nice that you’ve been shooting so many movies in Europe, even if you are not being convicted for rape in the US.”
When asked to comment on the latest development at Cannes, Allen said he’s “moved so far past” the allegations. “I never think about it,” Allen said. “I work. It’s worked for me. I’ve been very productive over the years by not thinking about myself.”
For Winslet, this marks her first time working with Allen. The Oscar winner was most recently nominated for her supporting performance in the film Steve Jobs. She was seen earlier this year in the crime drama Triple Nine, and is set to star opposite Will Smith in Collateral Beauty.
- Cafe Society opens 15 July in the US.
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