Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations

Press Trust of India

May 27, 2019 08:41:44 IST

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has come forward in defence of embattled director Woody Allen over allegations of child sexual assault that have resurfaced over the past years against him.

Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter with former wife Mia Farrow, accused the director of sexually abusing her in the early 1990s while she was a child.

She reiterated her claims in a 2014 New York Times op-ed and other articles.

The allegations caught steam in the wake of the #MeToo uprising.

The Call Me By Your Name director disapproves of Allen's dismissal from Hollywood courtesy of #MeToo allegations brought forth again, over 20 years after he was found not guilty in the court of law.

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino defends Woody Allen over sexual assault allegations

Woody Allen (right) was defended by Luca Guadagnino, who stated that Allen had undergone investigation and declared innocent 20 years ago. Images from Twitter

Speaking with IndieWire, Guadagnino called it "the perverted and primordial enjoyment of a kind of Scarlet Letter trial of a man.

"I still am a believer in state of rights; Mr Allen went through many investigations 20 years ago and was cleared. The Woody Allen legacy - those movies are there, and they are fantastic. Anyone who denies that Another Woman is masterpiece is stupid!' he added.

The director made his Cannes Film Festival debut this year with the short film, The Staggering Girl.

He asked Ariel Schulman to draw the title font of the film by hand as it happens in Allen's films.

"I did it already in the past with the short film Working Stories. I was asking Ariel Schulman, a director who is also a great visual artist, to draw by hand Woody Allen titles," Guadagnino said.

"I'm a Venice (festival) man. I am a nouvelle vague person, this is my first time. I felt at home. Maybe this is the beginning of a new phase for me," he added.

As per IndieWire, Allen's long-delayed Rainy Day in New York is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Updated Date: May 27, 2019 08:41:44 IST