Woody Allen’s Next Film Marks Stateside Return

Written by Jordan Veilleux   // April 13, 2012   //

Woody AllenDespite recent reports that legendary filmmaker Woody Allen had been scouting locations in Munich and Copenhagen for his next project, Allen confirmed himself that he plans to return to the U.S. for his next feature, shooting in San Francisco and New York City. The writer/director confirmed this during a press conference held at the Italian premiere of his latest effort “To Rome with Love,” but as usual kept quiet of the details surrounding the film.

This marks Allen‘s first feature to be filmed in and funded by the U.S. since 2009′s comedy “Whatever Works.” Perhaps the most curious detail surrounding the film is when Allen will have time to shoot it as he is currently prepping two project: a rare on-screen performance in a film outside one of his own in John Turturro’s comedy”Fading Gigolo” and helping prep the upcoming Broadway musical based on “Bullets Over Broadway” both of which are slated for 2013.

Since 2005′s “Match Point” Allen has bypassed having to rely on American film studios and financial backers unwilling to shell out production costs for modest returns in favor of Europe, where he is able to secure funding and maintain creative control over the finished product. Though many fans and critics initially urged the filmmaker to return to the city that never sleeps, it remains undeniable (particularly to anyone that saw “Whatever Works,” which didn’t) that the pairing of Allen and European culture has produced his best work in years. Most recently, the filmmaker picked up an Academy Award (his fourth) for best original screenplay for his biggest hit to date, “Midnight in Paris.”

Allen’s latest film, “To Rome with Love,” is constructed as four unconnected vignettes with two in English and two in entirely in Italian. The film, which was well-received by Italian journalists, stars Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz (who won a best supporting actress Oscar after her last pairing with Allen), Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Greta Gerwig and Allen himself who has not appeared in one of his own films since 2006′s “Scoop.” Having just made its Italian premiere, the film will open in Italy April 20 and have its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14, shortly before its June 22 theatrical premiere, check out the trailer below.

Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” Official Trailer

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