Thanks to collisions with the #MeToo movement, Woody Allen has, as the kids say, been canceled from American culture. His attempt to shop his memoir failed and it sits unsold in his drawer, after every major publisher passed on it. Meanwhile, Amazon Studios, which signed him to a $68 million, four-picture deal in 2017, dumped him unceremoniously last year, which left A Rainy Day in New York without any American distributor. (In February, Allen hit Amazon with a lawsuit, which is still going through the courts.)
On the Continent, however, Allen has found a home. Here, where flamboyant predation remains a viable lifestyle choice—if you’re answering the muse, what’s a little sexual assault among friends?—Allen joins a rogues’ gallery of the mostly forgiven that includes Roman Polanski, Gérard Depardieu, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He’s not only working on a new film (in Spain), but since Amazon gave Allen back the distribution rights to A Rainy Day in New York, he’s also finding his audience. The film is now rolling out in theaters in most of Europe, as well as in Russia, Latin America, and South Korea. (It’s already taken in more than $1 million in Poland.) And it will open the Deauville American Film Festival in September.