Rifkin's Festival

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Rifkin’s Festival
Directed byWoody Allen
Produced by
Written byWoody Allen
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited byAlisa Lepselter
Distributed by
  • Tripictures (Spain)
Release date
  • September 25, 2020 (2020-09-25) (Spain)
  • United States
  • Spain
  • Italy

Rifkin's Festival is an upcoming American-Spanish-Italian comedy film, written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel, Gina Gershon, Sergi López, Wallace Shawn and Christoph Waltz.

It is scheduled to be released in Spain on September 25, 2020, by Tripictures.


A short plot summary appeared in The Guardian on September 4, 2019, stating: "The movie, Rifkin’s Festival, is about a couple who fall in love while in town for the San Sebastián film festival, drawing on the annual event as the backdrop to a romantic comedy."[1]



In February 2019, Amazon Studios dropped Allen from a five-picture deal to produce and finance films, following the revival of a sexual assault allegation.[2] That same month, it was announced Allen would write and direct the film, with Jaume Roures producing under his Mediapro banner.[3] In June 2019, Gina Gershon, Christoph Waltz, Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel, Sergi López and Wallace Shawn joined the cast of the film.[4]


Principal photography began July 10, 2019, in San Sebastian, Spain and ended on August 16, a week ahead of schedule.[5][6]


In April 2020, Tripictures acquired distribution rights to the film in Spain.[7] It is scheduled to be released in Spain on September 25, 2020.[8]


  1. ^ Agirre-Maskariano, Mikel (September 4, 2019). "The last thing my city needs is Woody Allen selling us to the world". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group.
  2. ^ Gardner, Eriq (February 7, 2019). "Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Terminating Movie Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Maddus, Gene (February 7, 2019). "Woody Allen Files $68 Million Suit Against Amazon for Film Deal Breach". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (June 4, 2019). "Woody Allen Sets New Feature With Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Buckley, Cara (June 4, 2019). "Christoph Waltz Is Among the Stars Set for Woody Allen's New Film". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Lang, Jaime; Hopewell, John (July 9, 2019). "Woody Allen's Next Film After 'A Rainy Day in New York' to Be Sold by FilmNation, Mediapro". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Grater, Tom (April 22, 2020). "Woody Allen's 'Rifkin's Festival' Secures Spain Distribution". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  8. ^ Aldarondo, Ricardo (May 1, 2020). "Aunque Woody Allen no pueda venir, el Festival aspira a tener la premiere de su película en San Sebastián»". El Diario Vasco. Retrieved May 1, 2020.

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