Welcome To New York
Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset
Country of Origin: USA 2014 125 mins.
Released By ALTITUDE FILMS
'Depardieu's riveting no-holds-barred performance is one of the best of his career.'
Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' is loosely based on Head of the IMF and assumed future French Presidential candidate, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's much publicised arrest at JFK airport and court appearance in New York charged with an alleged assault on a hotel chamber maid. It was screened at Cannes 2014 outside of the official Selection.
Gerard Depardieu gives one of the best performances of his career as George Deverereaux, a corpulent sociopath with a frenzied unbridled sexual hunger in a relentless sexual circus, totally out of control, unable to distinguish between consensual sex and rape, a powerful man in control of global economies who's egotism and belief that he's above the law eventually leads to his undoing. Shot in 18 days with little musical accompaniment, powerful lead performances from Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset, use of news reel footage and an effective documentary feel gives this accomplished piece of film making a raw edge.
Power is said to be the ultimate aphrodisiac and Devereaux's a powerful man amongst the powerful. A stay over at the Carlton, New York with a long night with prostitutes, an alleged assault on a chamber maid and a privileged world falls apart. Handcuffed, finger printed and strip searched, Devereaux the all powerful man bewildered, defiant and trapped in the New York prison system.
Gerard Depardieu literally fills the screen with a fearless portrayal of a man trapped in his world of power, money and addiction. Jacqueline Bisset compliments Depardieu as Devereaux's wife Simone, rich, ambitious and influential looking at her husband as a French Presidential candidate, wounded and humiliated yet remaining strong and dignified, still admiring of the man, living in a world of hope and romantic illusion. Focusing solely on the sexual circus leaves the political links untold. Sex and politics have been known to hold hands.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF and abandoned his hopes of running for the French Presidential elections when accused of the rape of Nafissatou Diallo a 33 year-old chamber maid in 2011. The case was settled out of court. Jean Veil, DSK's lawyer described 'Welcome To New York' as 'crap and anti-semitic' and said that his client will sue.