Imdb just dropped the news: Woody Allen is to open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14th with the premiere of his latest film. The director continues to mix work and leisure with his cinematic journey across Europe; after a stay in Spain with Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), followed by England withYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), a little travel through time in France with Midnight in Paris (2011), Woody kept the same accordion soundtrack and is now sending us his usual visual postcard from Italy with «To Rome with love». Travel agencies should expect a growing demand of tickets to the Italian capital this summer.
But what exactly is it about this time? The official logline is «A story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.» Well, the usual Woody Allen-ness lately.
For my part, I was too focussed on the impressive cast to notice: Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Woody Allen himself (two very talkative directors in the same movie, this will not be a silent film…), wild Penélope Cruz in a short red dress – keeping her Barcelonian fire alive, Jesse Eisenberg (yes!), Ellen Page (who probably holds the secret of eternal youth), Judy Davis, Alison Pill and Greta Gerwig.
As for french viewers, we will have to wait until the 4th of July to judge for ourselves.
Viddy Well my friends.
p.s.: Where next Woody? I suggest Prague.