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February 3, 2023

Controversial long film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest

“Welcome to New York”, the controversial long film by Abel Ferrara, about former head of IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested on the airport of the great American city in 2011, after a hotel chambermaid accused him of sexual abuse, will be exclusively presented in cinema, in Romania, at the festival la Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest. The film festival is scheduled during October 24 – 30.
A controversial film, launched not in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, but in a tent on the beach, during the festival, “Welcome to New York” was inspired by the infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) sexual abuse scandal.
The film will be screened in Romanian premiere on October 25, starting at 8:00 PM, at Cinema Patria and on October 26, starting at 1:00 PM, at Cinema Studio.
DSK was accused of sexual abuse by a maid working at a hotel in New York. He denied the accusation of abuse, but admitted he had an “inadequate behaviour” and continued the trial in a civil court. Brutal and merciless to its character and to the world he is coming from, Abel Ferrara’s film contains obvious references to the scandal that resulted in the resignation of the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2011.
The film was rejected by the selectors of the Cannes Film Festival and by certain distribution channels who did not want to get involved in the scandal, and therefore, distributors decided to screen it in a tent on the Croisette and to simultaneously launch it on VoD (video on demand).
A few days later, the film had already been seen by over 120,000 viewers, and the press gave a massive coverage to the subject. Gerard Depardieu, who gives a remarkable performance in a difficult role, in a film filled with grotesque sex scenes and drug use, confessed that he was drawn to the character precisely because it is so “unpleasant”. “The incredible performance by Gerard Depardieu is Albert Ferrara’s most courageous challenge”, the magazine Variety pointed out.
The part of the former head of IMF’s wife, Anne Sinclair, is played by actress Jaqueline Bisset.
The former head of IMF announced he would sue the producers of the gilm, while his wife harshly criticized it.
Acknowledged due to his violent and sometimes shocking films, such as “The Driller Killer” (1979), “King of New York” (1990) and “Bad Lieutenant” (1992), American director Abel Ferrara is one of the most challenging contemporary filmmakers. Five of his films were included in the selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and most of them stirred controversies. His latest film is “Pasolini”, a biographic drama about the final days in the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini, featuring Willem Dafoe.
Besides the long films announced in the program, viewers may enjoy, for the first time at Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest, the short films of the competition in the section Semaine de la Critique. The program is presented as part of the NexT International Film Festival, as part of the collaboration started in 2007 the two film events. The short films may be enjoyed on October 24 and 27 at Cinema Elvira Popescu.
Moreover, the Romanian films presented this year in the program Romanian Short Waves, organized by the Secvente Association as part of the Short Film Corner at Cannes, will be presented at Cinema Studio on October 27 and 28 octombrie. Among them, we must mention “Twelve minutes” by Nicolae Constantin Tanase, “Dry Bones” by Luiza Parvu, “Journal #2” by Adina Pintilie and “The Black Squad” by Andrei Teodorescu.
The entrance to the short film screenings is free.
The complete program of the fifth edition of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest may be seen on www.filmedefestival.ro.

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