IFC Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to acclaimed director Abel Ferrara's (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) latest film, Welcome to New York, starring Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Marie Mouté, and Natasha Romanova. The film, which is currently in the post-production phase, was promoted by French distributors Wild Bunch at the Cannes Film Festival.
Welcome to New York chronicles the rise and fall of French economist and former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
There appears to be tons of nudity and softcore sex in it judging by the European trailer clip. Ferrara is very good when he is "on" and very bad when he is "off". I love films of his like "Ms. 45", "King of New York", "Bad Lieutenant" (the Keitel one), "The Addiction", and "The Funeral". I enjoyed his last film, "4:44 The Last Day on Earth", even though it was preposterous. I HATE when he's off, though, like "Go Go Tales", "RXmas", and "Body Snatchers". It will be good to see Depardieu in a good part for the first time in a while, and it looks very daring from the clips I saw. Ferrara is reportedly going to make a film about the last day in the life of Pasolini next, with Willem Dafoe.
It should be noted, that this is NOT an actual biopic or true story. Depardieu plays a FICTIONAL character that is obviously BASED on Strauss-Kahn, but is NOT him. Depardieu plays a character with a different name.