Tuesday, July 17, 2012
'Forget Manhattan! try Jerusalem,' Israel tells Woody
He's had Manhattan, "Midnight in Paris" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," and now Israeli officials are trying to convince legendary filmmaker Woody Allen to set a movie in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Both President Shimon Peres and Jersualem Mayor Nir Barkat are part of the effort, their offices said, with Barkat even holding a pow-wow with Allen and his one-time muse Diane Keaton earlier this year.
"President Peres always encourages producers and directors to come and make films in Israel," an official told reporters yesterday.
"When President Peres met with Woody in New York in March this year, the issue was raised and he encouraged Woody to come and make a film here," he added.
"He invited him to come to Israel, but also told Woody that we would love for him to entertain the possibility of filming in Jersusalem and would do everything possible to facilitate him coming here," he said.
Cohen said the bid to lure Allen came in the context of a larger project to convince directors and producers to consider filming in Jerusalem.
"Not only is it important to show Jerusalem for all its beauty and normalcy around the world, but also there's a well-documented history of films creating name recognition for places around the world," he said. He also added that tax incentives and the availability of equipment and facilities could draw Allen nonetheless and that Barkat planned to follow up with the filmmaker in the United States.