Woody Allen’s fiftieth movie as a director, Coup de Probability, received an enthusiastic reception Monday night time at its Venice Movie Pageant premiere. The 87-year-old filmmaker was cheered to his ft because the credit got here down on his French thriller, which co-stars Lou de Laage, Valerie Lemercier, Melvil Poupaud and Niels Schneider. The nice and cozy standing ovation lasted 5 minutes, with Allen and his forged waving and bowing from the grand balcony of Venice’s Sala Grande cinema.
Exterior the theater earlier within the night the scenario was very totally different, nevertheless. A bunch of protesters demonstrated in opposition to what they known as the “rape tradition” of the Venice competition and marched previous the cinema’s entrance simply as Allen was strolling down the purple carpet. The protestors, which numbered about 20 folks, shouted slogans together with “no rape tradition” and “we’re talking for these and not using a voice in opposition to the director rapists.” The Venice Movie Pageant has come underneath fireplace this 12 months for together with movies from administrators accused of sexual assault, together with Allen and Roman Polanski, whose new movie The Palace screened over the weekend.
Coup de Probability is concerning the necessary function likelihood and luck play in our lives. The story follows Fanny (de Laage) and Jean (Poupaud), who seem like the perfect married couple — each professionally completed, they reside in a beautiful residence in an unique neighborhood of Paris, they usually appear to be in love simply as a lot as they have been once they first met. However when Fanny unintentionally bumps into Alain (Schneider), a former highschool classmate, she’s swept off her ft. They quickly see one another once more and get nearer and nearer.
Earlier within the day on the Venice press convention, Allen was requested to replicate on the function luck — or the absence of it — has performed in his personal life.
“I’ve been very, very fortunate my complete life,” Allen stated. “I had two loving dad and mom. I’ve good associates. I’ve an exquisite spouse and marriage and kids — and I’ve by no means been within the hospital. I’ve by no means had something horrible occur to me.”
He continued: “And I’ve had — over my lifetime — much-undeserved reward and an infinite quantity of consideration and respect. And so, I’ve had nothing however, you realize, success. And I hope it holds out.”
“After all, it’s nonetheless early this afternoon,” Allen quipped.
Over the previous a number of years, within the wake of the #MeToo motion and the resurfacing of Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations, Allen has gone from being one among U.S. cinema’s most revered administrators and comedians to struggling to safe financing stateside for his work. European audiences and movie corporations have continued to embrace him, nevertheless. Coup de Probability‘s inclusion in Venice is probably the most outstanding competition platform Allen has obtained in years, and the movie can be launched in France by distributor Metropolitan Filmexport on Sept. 27.