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DSK-inspired Depardieu movie gets Cannes premiere

Published on May 18, 2014 6:35 AM
 
French actor Gerard Depardieu arrives to attend the screening of the film "Welcome to New York" on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CANNES, France (AFP) - It’s the talk of the town. Abel Ferrara’s highly-anticipated movie inspired by the sordid sex scandal that brought down IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn got its world premiere Saturday in Cannes.

Far from being shown in one of the big, plush theatres in the festival hall, the film starring Gerard Depardieu as a man with striking similarities to “DSK", whose alleged 2011 sexual assault on a New York hotel maid shook the world, was screened in a small, local cinema.

“Do you know who I am?” reads the poster advertising the film “Welcome to New York", as a handcuffed, suited man seen from behind faces flashing photographers with the gleaming lights of New York in the background.

The premiere of the film by US director Ferrara had caused a scrum among film buffs and journalists alike, all keen to get hold of one of the 500 seats available in the cinema.

 
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