Woody Allen’s highly debated new film A Rainy Day in New York has secured rights to be released in Germany.
The film, which was expected to be released in 2018, was part of the second instalment of a pre-agreed five-picture deal Amazon secured back in 2016.
At the time Amazon agreed to sign Allen to a five-film deal, the longstanding allegations of sexual assault made against the director by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow began to resurface. Allen continued to deny the claims made by Farrow and, as part of his deal with Amazon, completed his first film Wonder Wheel starring Jim Belushi, Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake.
The film flopped drastically and didn’t come close to recouping the budget of $25million.
Undeterred by the disappointment, the director continued to start work on the second film which was given the working title of A Rainy Day in New York and again included a star-studded cast with Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law all involved. However, despite completing the film in 2017 and including a somewhat controversial sex scene between a 44-year-old man and 15-year-old girl, Amazon decided to ‘indefinitely shelve’ the film and call time on their partnership with Allen.
However, while Allen’s reputation remains under threat in the States, his stock in Europe remains strong. With A Rainy Day in New York seemingly up for grabs, Filmwelt/NFP in Germany has confirmed plans to run the film.
“Filmwelt/NFP is very pleased to be working with Woody Allen on ‘A Rainy Day in New York,’” Christoph Ott, Filmwelt/NFP’s head of distribution, told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “He is for us one of the outstanding directors of our time.”
Ott continued and expressed his delight at being “part of the family of international distributors that will release the film in Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and Latin and South America.”
One of the film’s stars, the fast-rising indie actor Chalamet, has previously distanced himself from Allen, saying: “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and Rainn [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network],” about the film.
Allen has always strongly denied the claims made against him. “When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare,” he said a few months ago.
“They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.”