The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro has offered to fund Woody Allen's next movie if the filmmaker shoots it in his city. Eduardo Paes is so desperate to get the director to Brazil that he will cover Allen's production costs if he agrees to film there.
He tells O Globo, "I really want him to come! I did everything. I've talked to his sister, I've sent him a plane ticket through (architect Santiago) Calatrava, his neighbour in New York, and I would pay anything for him to come shoot here... I would pay for 100 per cent of the production."
Movie investment company RioFilme have been trying to lure Allen to the city for many years, ever since the filmmaker abandoned his beloved New York to make films in Europe, like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and To Rome With Love.
Advancing its cachet, the 5-year-old Hollywood Film Festival announced Wednesday that it will screen Woody Allen's latest movie, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion at the close of this year's session on Aug. 6. The festival said that it had selected 42 films from 1,500 submissions to exhibit during the five day affair, which begins on Aug. 2 with a screening of Christopher Morler's Girl from Rio, starring Hugh Laurie, Santiago Segura, and Vanessa Nunes.