After spending months on the festival circuit hitting Cannes, Fantasia and more, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York is finally arriving in select theaters and on VOD on March 27th. Well, an edited version is. Back in September, Ferrara revealed that he got a letter from the folks at IFC telling him that they needed an R-rated cut of the film and Ferrara wasn’t happy about it to say the least. He snapped back and told THR, “I’ve f—ing had it with this corporate assault on the artists and the freedom of the artist, period. It’s like a war against movies.”
Even though Ferrara didn’t get his way, IFC Films just unveiled a domestic trailer for the R-rated version of Welcome to New York and it’s pretty effective. The film is loosely based on the story of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French economist, lawyer and politician who was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid back in 2011. The trailer’s got a great brazen quality to it that’s especially entertaining, but also doesn’t seem to undermine or make light of the character’s behavior either. Check out the Welcome to New York trailer for yourself below. The film stars Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Calderon.
Here’s the official synopsis for Welcome to New York:
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS: A sex-addicted French financier, a fateful hotel room encounter, and a scandal that would rock the world: the mighty Gérard Depardieu gives a fearless performance in this ripped-from-the-headlines saga of sin and sleaze from boundary-pushing director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45). Inspired by one of the most high-profile public implosions in recent memory, Welcome to New York follows a prominent international banker (Depardieu) as he spirals out of control during a drug and sex-fueled trip to America—culminating in a shocking incident involving a hotel maid and his subsequent arrest. Jacqueline Bisset co-stars in this provocative portrait of a man whose fall from grace sent shockwaves throughout the world.