Woody Allen’s film ‘opens and closes’ Cannes!

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A report by our special correspondent, Rahma Rachdi who is reporting live from the Cannes. 


The Cannes Film Festival for the 69th edition innovates by closing the festival with the same film which had the opening, that is to say with the screening of the latest Woody Allen film “Cafe Society”.

This is an unpublished programming for a festival. It is also a way to make a great tribute well deserved to Woody Allen octogenarian, a genius film director, decidedly always in a good shape and also very creative in his filmography.

“Café Society”, the lasts movie of Woody Allen, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Weisenberg, is a satiric telling of a young Jewish American played by Jess Weisenberg, questioning himself about the existential approach to love. The film portrays a nostalgic period and vintage of a bygone era and happy world of Hollywood, amid satire of bourgeois society and star-system.

The meandering description of his film, Cafe Society, leads the viewer to the ambiguities in both sexual and emotional on ambition. The film is whole comedy played in a decor background of Hollywood, that have both the form and substance of cinema’s world.

Woody Allen has always had a privileged relationship with France. His Jewish intellectual Manhattan persona has proved particularly appealing to the French people, and the cinema critics have a very good reception. For some he is always considered as an icon, not only because he refers to French culture, but also a Paris lover, and has established his own style and signature of Woody Allen is also acclaimed movie writer-director and has recently turned his attention to the small screen with a new streaming television series for Amazon starring pop star Miley Cyrus.

On her Instagram account, Cyrus confirmed she had been cast for the show, posting a photo of a painting of Allen. During the press conference at Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen, answered a question about He Photo3$CafeSocietyW-AllenKstewartrfanceended up the press conference by stating that he owes his good shape to “Much exercise, healthy food, and have a bourgeois middle lifestyle in New York, writing each afternoon, and taking the kids to school after breakfast, by himself”.

That sounds like the good advices and tips for a long healthy life of an of a kind artist. Woody Allen is also fond of French cinema, especially Renoir and the Nouvelle Vague like Jean Luc Godard who even made a short documentary on Allen called “Meetin’ WA”.

And this is how obviously the audience identifies the influence of French cinema in the Allen’s pieces of theater and cinema. In short Woody Allen loves France and so do the French and this reciprocity is more obvious at Cannes Film Festival, within the sphere of the very closed world of cinema. So, French and global public shall welcome back again, uncanny Woody Allen, for both the opening and closing of the 69 th Cannes Festival session.

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  1. Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Emory Cohen, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

    Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

    Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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