Woody Allen film in Israel: ‘Certainly a possibility’
Allen’s publicists respond to inquiry by The Jewish Journal regarding U.S. Jews’ funding project whose goal is to bring the director to the Holy Land.
Woody Allen is open to the idea of filming a future movie in Israel. That’s the official response from a spokesperson for Woody Allen’s publicists, who responded to an inquiry from The Jewish Journal.
“While it is certainly a possibility at some point,” wrote Ashton Fontana of 42West, Allen’s public relations company, “they are fully committed for the next few films.” Allen’s production company is run by Letty Aronson, Allen’s sister and producer.
While Fontana did not elaborate, he clearly left open the possibility that the 76 year-old filmmaker, who makes one film each year, would one day make a movie in Israel.
Two weeks ago, Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Rob Eshman wrote a column proposing that funders step up and offer to fund a Woody Allen film in Israel. The director has said in several recent interviews that one criteria for him in deciding where to place his movies is whether the countries themselves offer funding and artistic freedom. Eshman suggested friends of Israel pay up to get the director to consider shooting a movie there.