Welcome to New York (2014 film)

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Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York (2014).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Adam Folk
Written by Abel Ferrara
Christ Zois
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Jacqueline Bisset
Marie Mouté
Shanyn Leigh (fr)
Pamela Afesi
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Edited by Anthony Redman
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • 17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes)
Running time 125 minutes[1]
Country France
United States
Language English

Welcome to New York is a 2014 French-American drama film co-written and directed by Abel Ferrara. Inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, the film was released on 17 May 2014 by VOD on the internet as the film failed to secure a place on the official selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, nor was it picked up for theatrical distribution in France[2] and is facing self-censorship by the French media, according to Vincent Maraval, one of the producers.[3][4][5]


In the film, the character Devereaux is closely based on French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. It tells the story of a powerful man, a possible candidate for the Presidency of France, who lives a life of debauchery and is arrested after being accused of raping a maid at his hotel.


Reception and lawsuit[edit]

Following its release (to mixed reviews varying from high praise to outright disgust), Strauss-Kahn said he would sue for slander. His lawyer also complained the portrayal of his then-wife Anne Sinclair as anti-Semitic.[6][7]


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