It was expected to premiere at Cannes, but Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”, based on the sex scandals and legal battles of French economist and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, will instead be released on the internet in France.
Starring Gérard Depardieu as Strauss-Kahn and Jacqueline Bisset as his now-former wife, Anne Sinclair, the English-language film will be available online for 7 euros during the festival (which will take place from May 14 to 25), the movie’s producers told French daily “Le Monde” on Thursday evening.
Though no theatrical release date is set in stone for now, Cannes organisers have said the US director’s film may still be screened at the festival.
“In France, since the law forbids simultaneous releases in cinemas and online, we chose the internet,” Vincent Maraval, one of the film’s producers and a co-founder of French production and distribution company Wild Bunch, told “Le Monde”. “In other countries, notably the US, the movie will be released simultaneously in cinemas and on the Web.”
Brahim Chioua, the film’s other producer and co-founder of Wild Bunch, added, “By releasing the film [on the web], we’re reaching the highest number of people as fast as possible.”
The producers have said the film will be available on various internet platforms, including iTunes.
Date created : 2014-04-18