Saturday, 26 July 2014

New trailer for Abel Ferrara's Welcome To New York arrives online

Altitude Films have just released their latest trailer for Abel Ferrara's (4:44 Last Day On Earth) Welcome To New York.

The bizarre Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair seems like rich pickings for a documentary maker like Charles Ferguson, whose Academy Award® winning Inside Job (2010) laid bare some of the sleazier extremes of international high finance. Instead, it's indie maverick Abel Ferrara who's picked up the story, with predictably lacerating results.

Ferrara has assembled old French favourites, GĂ©rard Depardieu (Life Of Pi) as Strauss-Kahn cipher Devereaux, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep) as his wife, with the pair soon finding themselves in sticky predicament.

Head of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn/Devereaux was accused of sexual assault by a maid working at the Sofitel New York Hotel in May 2011. He was subsequently cleared but not before the case did irreparable damage to his career and political ambitions. Cries of conspiracy in his native France have spilt over into hostility towards Ferrara and his backers who, in turn, suggested that the film's official Cannes snubbing was itself a conspiracy to protect the man from further bad press.

The story rapidly morphed into a debate on the future film distribution channels. French cinemas snubbed it and it's now getting a day-and-date cinema and VOD release in the UK next month.

It's been a while since a Ferrara film really landed – his last, 4:44 Last Day On Earth (2011), had mixed reviews – so hopes are high for a return to form for the man who brought us King Of New York (1990), The Addiction (1995), and earned Harvey Keitel years of purgatory with Bad Lieutenant (1992).

Welcome To New York hits UK cinemas and the internet on 8 August.

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