July 11, 2012
Woody Allen talks about Israel
The Woody Allen Israel Project has created a mini-media frenzy. My column calling for funding to have the filmmaker shoot a film in Israel—accompanied by a crowd funding campaign on jewcer.com—went viral. The LA Times Patrick Goldstein weighed in with a particularly insightful post today in The Los Angeles Times. Earlier this week Vanity Fair, Haaretz, Hollywood Reporter, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting and papers in Spain, England, Germany and across the US (The Kentucky Democrat???) all picked up on the story.
The campaign has been big news in Israel, where the leading entertainment show has run a daily countdown on the money raised to support the Woody Allen Israel Project.
But what does Woody think?
So far, no word from him or his producers and representatives.
But as the estimable J.J. Goldberg—the Jewish journalist’s Jewish journalist—reports online at forward.com, there is now a clue. Goldberg, a fluent Hebrew reader, translated an interview with Woody Allen that appeared in last Friday’s entertainment supplement of the newspaper Yediot. In Paris Allen sat down with Yediot correspondent Yaniv Halili, who asked him about his movies, his wife, and finally, Israel.
The Hebrew version has not appeared online, but Goldberg did translate.
Here’s what Woody said:
Does this mean Woody Allen would shoot a movie in Israel if the funding came through? Sounds to us like a yes.
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