Welcome to New York movie starring Gerard Depardieu as a disgraced politician based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be shown for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival.
The controversial movie has been much-anticipated but will not be shown as part of the official festival program.
Instead, Welcome to New York will be shown at midnight on Friday at a private beach screening.
Welcome to New York tells of how a French politician is accused of attempted rape in a New York hotel room.
Welcome to New York movie starring Gerard Depardieu as a disgraced politician based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be shown for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival
DSK quit his role as boss of the International Monetary Fund in 2011 after being accused of a sex attack on a maid in a Manhattan hotel. Once seen as a French presidential hopeful, Socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn also had to give up his political ambitions.
Charges were eventually dropped and DSK subsequently reached a settlement with the maid. Two other cases against him were also dismissed.
The two-hour film, in which Gerard Depardieu plays a character called Deveraux, was funded mostly in the US and the director Abel Ferrara is also American.
As such, the French-language production counts as being American.
Welcome to New York will be released in cinemas in countries outside France, but in France it is being made available, at least initially, on pay-to-view websites.
“We realized it was the perfect film to experiment with this type of release,” producer Vincent Maraval told Variety magazine.
“We’ll get to target the widest possible audiences at a faster pace, with a smaller investment… and preserve some kind of curiosity around the movie before the press starts unveiling what’s in it.”
In the same interview, Vincent Maraval also criticized the French political, TV and movie establishment, saying: “No French TV station wanted to finance us.
“Everyone warned us not to make this film, both our friends and our enemies.”
Vincent Maraval told Variety there was an “incestuous relationship” between the “media and political elites” in France, which made it impossible to make films about “current affairs”.
Gerard Depardieu put some of his own money into the film and took a low fee of 100,000 euros.
The politician’s wife is played by English actress Jacqueline Bisset.
Welcome to New York tells the story of how a French economics professor becomes a politician backed by his wife’s millions, rises to fame and prosperity only to be brought down by accusations of rape.
Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
It was confirmation that the pair are together, following DSK’s split last year from his long-suffering wife of 20 years, Anne Sinclair.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Myriam L’Aouffir were rumored last September to have started dating but this appearance appeared to be the first public confirmation. They attended the screening of a French film, Full Sun, starring veteran actor Alain Delon.
At 43 years-old, Myriam L’Aouffir is 20 years younger than her infamous economist boyfriend.
Like DSK, Myriam L’Aouffir comes from a Moroccan background, and is also believed to be estranged from her husband, with whom she has two children. She works in marketing.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn last December agreed a financial settlement with hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo whose 2011 allegation of s***al assault forced him to resign from the International Monetary Fund.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013
DSK – once tipped as a Socialist French president – was accused of trying to rape chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo at a Sofitel Hotel in New York.
After being held in the NYC’s notorious Rikers Island prison, criminal charges were dropped.
DSK then returned to France last year only to face accusations of s***ally abusing a young French writer.
French judges agreed there was a case against DSK, but had to drop it because the alleged attack happened more than a decade ago.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was then charged with conspiring with pimps in Lille, northern France, to procure girls for s** parties around the world.
A film starring Jacqueline Bisset – who plays his former wife Anne Sinclair – and Gerard Depardieu as DSK which recreates the drama around the 2011 incident is expected to be released later this year.
DSK’s New York arrest ultimately destroyed his ambitions for the French presidency.
A gifted orator, fluent in English and German, DSK had been seen as a likely challenger to president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 election, won by Francois Hollande.
Gerard Depardieu plays Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a new film depicting the former International Monetary Fund chief as a s**-crazed playboy, haunting or**es and chasing young women – despite the objections of his wife.
A trailer, leaked online and posted by several websites, appears to be a film festival sales pitch controversial Welcome to NY movie starring Gerard Depardieu.
Gerard Depardieu plays a “Mr. Deveraux” – modeled after powerful French politician DSK, who was once a front-runner to become the president of France.
The trailer offers several scenes of Gerard Depardieu’s character engaging in or**es, having s** with prostitutes and seducing young women.
All the while his wife, played by Jaqueline Bisset, struggles to cope with her husband’s infidelities.
The trailer opens with director Abel Ferrara’s recreation of the alleged s** assault that brought down the mighty DSK and led to his arrest in May 2011.
A woman behind a closed door screams and struggles, shouting: “No! No!”
DSK was dramatically taken off a plane and handcuffed after a maid at the upscale Sofitel New York Hotel accused him forcing her to give him o**l s**.
The charges were later dropped due to inconsistencies in the maid’s story to police, but the incident led to other accusations about DSK s****l predilections that sank his political career.
The film remains controversial because the s** assault charges were never proven and prosecutors determined that they did not have enough evidence to prosecute him.
That didn’t stop Abel Ferrara from imaging his own scenario for the incident at the hotel. The final scene of the trailer shows Gerard Depardieu’s character wrapped in a bath towel, fresh out of the shower, when the maid approaches.
The maid looks intimidated as the man asks: “Do you know who I am?”
In an interview with Swiss Television RTS last year, Gerard Depardieu revealed he agreed to play the part because he found his fellow countryman “arrogant and smug”, adding: “He is very French. I will do it, because I don’t like him.”
Gerard Depardieu, 64, will be joined on screen by Nip/Truck actress Jacqueline Bisset, 68, who will play DSK’s ex-wife, the French TV reporter Anne Sinclair.
Gerard Depardieu plays DSK in new film Welcome to New-York depicting the former IMF chief
And last month, the actors got caught in controlled chaos as they re-enacted the media storm surrounding the s****l assault trial, that ultimately collapsed in August 2011.
The scene depicted the media frenzy surrounding the case that was sparked when an immigrant hotel maid accused the then-IMF chief of s****l assault after she entered his suite to clean it.
It was filmed outside the same 6,800-square-foot, $50,000-a-month Tribeca townhouse that DSK stayed in while under house arrest as the case unfolded.
But the trial collapsed in August 2011 when prosecutors deemed the evidence of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, to be unreliable. She later filed a civil lawsuit.
The film is being directed by American Abel Ferrara, whose credits include Bad Lieutenant, which starred Billy-Bob Thornton in 1992 and 1996 crime thriller The Funeral, fronted by Christopher Walken.
Announcing his latest venture last year, Abel Ferrara said it would be set in New York, Paris and Washington, adding: “[It will be set] in all spots of power in fact: it’s a film about rich and powerful people.”
Gerard Depardieu himself is no stranger to the courts.
Earlier this month, Gerard Depardieu missed a hearing in Paris over an alleged drunken scooter incident.
Gerard Depardieu, who also failed to attend court for the last hearing in January, was more than three times over the drink-drive limit when he came off his moped near the Champs-Elysees in Paris last November.
He had been due to attend a “correctional tribunal” in Paris to face a charge of drink-driving, but he did not turn up because he was filming his new role as Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York.
A judge said the case would go ahead in Gerard Depardieu’s absence, and the Oscar-nominated star of Green Card and Cyrano de Bergerac risked being sentenced to a maximum of two years behind bars and a 4,500 euro fine.
Two years ago, Gerard Depardieu was also arrested for smashing up a car parked outside a swingers’ club near his Paris home.
And he was involved in a separate scandal in France in 2011 when he urinated in the aisle of a plane in full view of disgusted passengers.
Gerard Depardieu also courted controversy in his native France this year after moving to Belgium and taking Russian citizenship to avoid a new 75% tax rate.
When Gerard Depardieu announced his plans to move abroad to avoid paying high tax rates, he was branded “shabby and unpatriotic” by PM Jean-Marc Ayrault.
But the defiant screen legend retaliated by declaring he would also hand back his French passport, and wrote an angry open letter to the French government, saying: “All those who have left France have not been insulted as I have been.”
He then told French president Francois Hollande in a personal phone call that he was “sickened at how France spits on success”.
Gerard Depardieu is one of the few French stars known throughout the world, and has made more than 100 films, many in English.
He also notorious in France for his battle with alcohol and his turbulent love life.
Over the past ten years Gerard Depardieu has devoted much of his time to producing wine at his Lys-de-Volan vineyard near Lyon.
Christine Lagarde has arrived at a court in Paris for questioning over a payout to controversial tycoon Bernard Tapie during her time as finance minister.
The IMF chief is being asked to explain her handling of a row in 2007 which resulted in some 400 million euros ($516 million) being paid to Bernard Tapie.
She is appearing before the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), which investigates ministerial misconduct.
Christine Lagarde insists the award was the best solution at the time.
“It’s a pleasure to see you,” a smiling she told reporters upon arrival.
Christine Lagarde could be placed under formal investigation for the decision to use arbitration, against advice from senior advisers, to settle a long-running court battle between the state and Bernard Tapie, a supporter of the then French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Christine Lagarde has arrived at a court in Paris for questioning over a payout to controversial tycoon Bernard Tapie during her time as finance minister
The case stretches back to 1993 when Bernard Tapie, a colorful, controversial character in the French business world, sold his stake in sports company Adidas to Credit Lyonnais.
Soon after the bank sold on that stake for a much bigger profit, Bernard Tapie claimed they had defrauded him.
In 2007, President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested the finance ministry – which had been overseeing the dispute and was led by Christine Lagarde – should move the case to arbitration.
Bernard Tapie won a much bigger payout than he might have expected in court.
Christine Lagarde is not accused of profiting from the payout, but she is being questioned over the misuse of public funds.
If she is placed under formal investigation it is of course embarrassing. It is a step closer to trial but it does not necessarily mean the case will end up in court.
Christine Lagarde is still one of the most popular politicians on the right in France. And after the disgrace that was heaped on the last IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, few in France want to see another prominent French politician embarrassed on the world stage.
Some on the right wonder whether she could be a future candidate for first female French president, notably because she has stayed outside the conservative UMP party’s vicious in-fighting.
Christine Lagarde, a perfect English speaker, has never expressed a desire to run for president. But her five-year term at the IMF is due to finish in 2016 – a year before the next presidential election. With her acumen she may be a dangerous opponent for President Francois Hollande.
A judge in France has rejected a lawsuit filed by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn which sought to stop the publication of a book written by his former lover Marcela Iacub.
Beauty And Beast (Belle et Bete) outlines Marcela Iacub’s fictionalized account of her affair with DSK.
Although it can now be published, the book will have to include an insert, and Marcela Iacub and her publisher must pay 50,000 euros in damages.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn had complained that he was “horrified” by the book.
“I’ve had enough of people using me. I want one thing only, to be left in peace,” he told reporters after attending a hearing earlier on Tuesday.
DSK was forced to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund after being accused of raping a hotel maid in New York in May 2011.
A criminal investigation was subsequently dropped by US prosecutors, but in December the 63-year-old paid an undisclosed sum to Nafissatou Diallo to settle a civil claim.
DSK is also being investigated in France as part of probe into allegations that he procured prostitutes for sex parties. He denies any wrongdoing.
Marcela Iacub does not name Dominique Strauss-Kahn in her book, but has publicly stated that he is the protagonist, whom she describes as “half man, half pig”.
“You have had a long list of sexual conquests… of mostly vulgar and unattractive women,” she wrote.
“It is one of the authentic and wonderful traits of the true pig, a form of generosity that you show to all women prepared to receive you.”
Beauty And Beast outlines Marcela Iacub’s fictionalized account of her affair with DSK
DSK told the judge that the book was a “violation of the intimacy of private life”.
His lawyers demanded that the book be banned or, failing that, an insert be added to each of the 40,000 copies of the first print-run, which had been due to go on sale on Wednesday. They did not provide details on what they wanted the insert to say.
They also sought 100,000 euros in damages from Marcela Iacub and her publisher, Stock, as well as a front-page apology from Le Nouvel Observateur, a French magazine which published extracts of the book last week.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s estranged wife, the heiress and former television journalist Anne Sinclair, wrote an open letter to Le Nouvel Observateur asking: “How could you stoop so low?”
“You have given credit to the manoeuvres of a perverse and dishonest women driven by her fascination for the sensational and the lure of money,” she added.
The judge ordered the magazine to pay 25,000 euros in damages and to publish the fact that it had been fined.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has celebrated his six million dollar pay-off to New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of trying to rape her – by cavorting with three blonde models at a Paris nightclub.
DSK, 64, was caught on camera brazenly posing with the attractive young women during a night out with pals in Paris.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn hit the town with five friends on Saturday after reaching the deal with Nafissatou Diallo to settle her civil action for sexual assault.
They are both expected to appear before a judge in the Bronx on December 7 to sign the papers that will end all legal action against him in the US.
But DSK is so hard up he may have to borrow half the money from his multi-millionaire estranged wife, French daily Le Monde said.
Meanwhile in France, DSK – a self-confessed sex addict – is also waiting to learn if he will face charges of conspiring with pimps to procure girls for sex parties around the world.
A judge in Lille will rule on December 19th whether he should stand trial over the accusations.
DSK was caught on camera brazenly posing with the attractive young women during a night out with pals in Paris
Dominique Strauss-Kahn – once tipped as a future president of France – seemed unworried by his ongoing legal woes as he relaxed at the chic Le Matignon night spot.
He and his friends mingled with models, who were at the club to promote a new ready-made cocktail called Sex on the Beach.
A reveler at the club told France’s Europe 1 radio: “Strauss-Kahn arrived at the club at about 10:30 p.m. with five or six other men and two bodyguards.
“They sat at a table in the VIP area before going down to the nightclub floor itself.”
Jean-Albert Vergnaud, boss of the Sex on the Beach drinks company, added: “Mr. Strauss-Kahn seemed to love our brand, and happily posed for pictures.
“Despite what some people have said, these photos are not faked and he was genuinely there that evening enjoying himself.
“It was a bit of a marketing coup for us too.”
DSK has been embroiled in a catalogue of sex scandals since being arrested in May 2011 for trying to rape Guinea immigrant Nafissatou Diallo, 29, when she came to clean his suite in New York’s Sofitel hotel.
He was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, a criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching and held at the city’s notorious Ryker’s Island prison.
He claimed Nafissatou Diallo Diallo had consented to sex but later described the encounter as “a moral failure” that he would regret his whole life.
All charges were then dropped a month later over concerns about the cleaner’s credibility.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been spotted with his new girlfriend, Myriam Aouffir, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Myriam Aouffir, 43, is a high-profile press officer for French television.
She has already been seen with DSK on the Mediterranean island of Corsica but now the couple have been pictured lapping up the sun in the holy city.
In May 2011, DSK, 64, was arrested for assaulting a maid at the Sofitel, a midtown Manhattan hotel. Charges were later dropped but it led to revelations about the former IMF chief’s sex life, in which he admitted attending swingers’ parties.
Anne Sinclair, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s former partner, confirmed she has split from her scandal-hit husband at the end of last month.
Anne Sinclair, 64, originally stuck by DSK after he was embroiled in a catalogue of scandals last year.
But the multi-millionaire heiress finally kicked her husband out of their Paris apartment in June, before immersing herself in a new job running an internet site in the French capital.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been spotted with his new girlfriend, Myriam Aouffir, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem
The new relationship between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Myriam Aouffir has been high profile even though they have been together less than a year.
Like DSK, Myriam Aouffir comes from a Moroccan background, and is also believed to be estranged from her husband, with whom she has two children.
Myriam Aouffir, who studied at Montpellier University, has been seeing Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a number of months, according to close friends of the couple.
Anne Sinclair, the long-suffering wife of former IFM chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has finally left him, it was confirmed last night.
After months of loyal support in the face of seedy vice allegations, Anne Sinclair kicked DSK out of their Paris home.
The split happened a month ago but Anne Sinclair, a 64-year-old art heiress and internet journalist, initially managed to keep it quiet.
But as the now unemployed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 63, prepared for further court appearances, he confirmed the separation.
“They are no longer living as man and wife,” said a source close to DSK, who at one stage was being tipped to become Socialist president of France.
Anne Sinclair, the long-suffering wife of former IFM chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has finally left him
Instead his career was ruined when, in May 2011, a New York chamber maid accused him of attempted rape.
DSK was later cleared in a criminal court, but admitted that a sex act had taken place, and the maid is now pursuing a civil case against him.
Anne Sinclair, who has been with Dominique Strauss-Kahn for 20 years, initially offered him unquestioning support but this began to waver as allegations mounted up.
Anne Sinclair, who used to present programmes on French TV, this year relaunched her media career as an editor on the Huffington Post website’s French edition.
Referring to DSK, a source told Reuters earlier this month: “He’s in a bad way. It’s very sad. He’s mostly just at home on his own while Anne is out and about with her new job. He’s shunned by everybody.”
A French prosecutor has ordered an initial inquiry into claims that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was involved in “gang rape” in Washington.
The allegations come from a Belgian prostitute who said she was at a hotel sex party in the city in December 2010.
Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 63, is already under investigation with three other men over their alleged roles in a prostitution ring. He denies the allegations.
A charge that he attempted to rape a US hotel maid was dropped last year.
But the case put an end to DSK’s career at the International Monetary Fund and dashed his hopes of running as Socialist candidate for the French presidency.
A French prosecutor has ordered an initial inquiry into claims that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was involved in "gang rape" in Washington
In March, prosecutors in the northern French city of Lille placed him under formal investigation in connection with what has become known as the Carlton affair, after the Lille hotel in which several orgies are alleged to have taken place.
Businessmen Fabrice Paszkowski and David Roquet and policeman Jean-Christophe Lagarde, who were named with DSK as part of the Carlton affair, have also been implicated in the Washington hotel investigation.
It is claimed that the men hired prostitutes for sex parties in France and the United States while DSK was in charge of the IMF.
According to a statement from the Lille prosecutor, the investigation centres on an incident “that could be described as gang rape”.
The allegations are said to have come to light from evidence given by a Belgian prostitute who told Belgian police that she was forced into certain acts of non-consensual sex while in Washington on 16 December 2010. She has not filed a complaint.
“I didn’t scream but I said clearly and loudly that I didn’t want to,” the woman is said to have testified.
But a second Belgian prostitute has called her account of events into question, in an interview with French media.
Police in Washington say they have checked their records for 16 December at the city’s W hotel, named by media as the hotel involved, and have found no reports detailing allegations of such activity.
Earlier this month, the former IMF managing director’s lawyers denied the accusations against him, saying he was the victim of a “lynching campaign”.
The initial charge of “aggravated pimping as part an organized gang” carries a potential prison term of 20 years. A rape conviction can prompt a similar sentence.