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As Woody Allen took the press convention stage for his latest movie Coup de Chance, the disgraced filmmaker was given a prolonged standing ovation by the (largely European) media assembled in the room — arguably the most rapturous reception any filmmaker acquired. It was tough to look at.

During the press convention, Allen, who’s 87 years previous, was joined onstage by his Italian cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro (Last Tango in Paris), and his French actresses Lou de Laage and Valerie Lamercier. He was queried about his screenwriting habits, about writing a movie in French, about the function luck has performed in his profession, and about penning roles for males versus girls. He conceded that he’s “been fortunate my entire life,” and has by no means, ever been admitted to a hospital. He mentioned he shot his latest image, a thriller of types, in France, as a result of he needed to affix the ranks of the European filmmakers he idolized rising up, like Truffaut and Renoir.

At no level did the media attending the presser ask Allen about the quite a few allegations of sexual misconduct levied towards him — the alleged child sexual abuse of his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, at the age of six, which was explored in-depth in the latest HBO docuseries Allen v. Farrow; allegations (repeated in Allen v. Farrow

) that he’d initiated a sexual relationship with eventual spouse, Soon-Yi Previn (the adoptive daughter of Allen’s then-partner, Mia Farrow), when she was in highschool; that he allegedly started relationship Stacy Nelkin at the age of 17, whereas she was nonetheless attending Stuyvesant High School; that he allegedly started an affair with Babi Christina Engelhardt when she was 17; and that he allegedly propositioned his Manhattan actress Mariel Hemingway to run away to Paris with him when she was 17.


Allen additionally was not requested about the protest signs lining the Lido presumably aimed toward him: “Will the Golden Lion go to a rapist?” (The indicators have been additionally seemingly aimed toward Roman Polanski and Luc Besson, who additionally have movies at the competition.) The members of the media who have been referred to as on throughout the presser — all of whom have been from European retailers — didn’t contact any of those topics, giving him a cross.

To make issues worse, Allen’s solely agreed to a single interview with a serious media outlet so far throughout the Italian fest — with Variety, who very gently pressed him on the disturbing allegations with the following questions: “What is your response to [Farrow’s] accusations?” “Do you’re feeling you’ve been ‘canceled?’” And that’s it.

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