Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ferrara not fazed by Cannes snub

Gerard Depardieu stars in Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York
Gerard Depardieu stars in Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York

Abel Ferrara has revealed he doesn't mind that his latest film hasn't been selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival, because audiences still get to see it.

Welcome To New York, inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn's 2011 sex scandal, stars Gerard Depardieu as lustful international financier George Devereaux.

"They've got 35 other movies they would rather show. Show it. They own the festival, we got the street. You know, rent a theatre, put it in a theatre, see who's where, you know," he said.

"It's not that important. We are here with everybody else," the US filmmaker added.

The film, which was co-written by Abel and Christ Zois, premiered in the French Riviera city on May 17. Loosely based on real life, it chronicles an unrepentant sex addict who handles billions of dollars a day and commits a sexual assault on a hotel maid following an orgy.

Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a New York hotel employee. Charges were dropped and he reached an out-of-court settlement with the woman.

He is charged with aggravated pimping in a separate case in France.

Abel said he is unconcerned about a threat of a lawsuit from Strauss-Kahn's lawyer about the film, which comes with a disclaimer.

"I'm an artist and we are talking (in the movie) about power and greed and corruptible deeds," he said. "What, is he the first guy that ever did this? You know, come on, he thinks everything is about him? So let him think it."

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