Sunday, April 21, 2024

Poster Revealed for Woody Allen’s “Rifkin’s Festival,” Opening the San Sebastian Film Festival Without Woody


Woody Allen’s “Rifkin’s Festival” is opening the San Sebastian Film Festival. Without Woody. (I don’t know whether it;s also Without Feathers.)

The comedy starring Gina Gershon, Christoph Waltz, and Wally Shawn was chosen in June to open San Sebastian with the hope the pandemic would be over.

But it’s not. And Woody, who’s over 80, can’t take chances. Also, the European Union won’t let Americans into Spain.

The poster for the movie– for San Sebastian at last– has been released and we have it here. Gina Gershon wrote on Instagram: “I never looked so svelte!”

It’s possible, I guess, that Waltz could go. He travels on a German passport. But really, no one wants to go anywhere at the moment.

Will we ever see “Rifkin” in the States? I sure hope so. This reporter is one of the few Americans who’s seen Woody’s terrific comedy, “A Rainy Day in New York.” It still has no distributor in America. Frankly, they should just put it on VOD and DVD and let Woody’s audience buy it. Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Cherry Jones give wonderful performances and the movie is genuinely funny.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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