Woody Allen has announced his retirement from film.
While in Europe to work on his 50th film, Woody Allen told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he intended to retire from filmmaking and devote more time to writing during his career. twilight years. What is now set to be his last film is set in Paris and will be shot entirely in French in a few weeks.
Allen described his next film as being similar to “Match Point”, in that it would be “exciting, dramatic and also very sinister”. Allen recently wrote his fifth collection of comedy pieces, “Zero Gravity,” which will be released Sept. 27 by Alianza in Spain. In the United States, it was published by Arcade and distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Allen toured Europe more often as his support in the United States plunged given the accusations of abuse against him. In 2020 he opened the San Sebastian Film Festival with “Rifkin’s Festival”, filmed in and around the tony town of San Sebastian. His relationship with the festival in the Basque provincial capital dates back to 2004 when he created “Melinda & Melinda” and in 2008 with the premiere of “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
With Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel and Gina Gershon, “Rifkin’s Festival” takes place during the festival, the most important in the Spanish-speaking world.
Curiously, he announced at the press conference marking the start of production on the film that he “never thought of retiring”. ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ was backed by Spanish media giant Mediapro, which also backed two of Allen’s most successful films ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, which won Penelope Cruz her first Oscar, and ‘Midnight in Paris’ .
Amazon Studios has shelved its previous film ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ after accusing Allen of “sabotaging” the film’s future through his comments on allegations of abuse of his daughter Dylan Farrow. He sued them for $68 million alleging breach of contract. The dispute was later settled out of court.
Allen also had problems with publishing houses. Hachette canceled publication of his memoir “Apropos of Nothing” after staff protests, but it was picked up by another publisher, Arcade.