Abel Ferarra: Welcome to New York will surprise

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 August 2014
Gerard Depardieu

Welcome to New York star Gerard Depardieu

Director Abel Ferrara thinks movie fans will be surprised by new film 'Welcome to New York', because it isn't a documentary-style piece

Director Abel Ferrara thinks movie fans will be surprised by new film 'Welcome to New York'.

The flick has been inspired by the downfall of Dominique Strauss-Khan - the French economist and politician, who was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in 2011 - but Ferrara warned moviegoers not to expect a documentary-like production.

He explained to ShortList magazine: "In the beginning when we were screening it, I started sensing people were coming thinking it was going to be a documentary on Strauss-Khan. And the film is not a documentary - this is a film made by me and my guys, with Gerard [Depardieu] and Jacqueline [Bisset] in it. And that's a separate entity."

The filmmaker warned audiences not to bother seeing the movie if they want a documentary-style piece.

He added: "So it needed Gerard saying, very straight up, 'I'm not playing the guy, because I don't respect the guy.' Ya dig?

"What you're seeing is a performance. You come here to watch the Dominique Strauss-Khan story, you're coming to the wrong f*****g theatre. You'd better leave now."

The film is strongly disliked by Anne Sinclair, who was Strauss-Khan's wife at the time of the scandal.

Welcome to New York

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Abel Ferrara
  • Written by: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois
  • Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Gérard Depardieu, Drena De Niro

Devereaux (Depardieu) is a powerful man who controls the economic fate of entire nations – yet he cannot save himself.

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