Woody Allen, 87, links arms with daughter Bechet, 24, as the controversial director visits a Catalan art gallery with his family after being greeted by boos at Venice Film Festival
The noise that his final red carpet appearance inevitably caused had died down on Monday as Woody Allen enjoyed a day out in Barcelona with his family.
The controversial director, 87, was greeted with a mixture of boos and cheers as he promoted his latest film at the Venice Film Festival on September 5.
But he welcomed a more subdued reaction from onlookers as he took in the sights in the Catalan city with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, 52, and their adopted daughters Bechet and Manzie Tio.
Allen linked arms with Bechet, 24, while Previn walked alongside 23-year-old Manzie Tio as the family headed to a local art gallery after enjoying a lunch date with friends.
The filmmaker was seen taking the burden off his feet by stretching out on the gallery steps as oblivious visitors walked by.
Stepping out: The noise that his final red carpet appearance inevitably caused had died down on Monday as Woody Allen enjoyed a day out with his family in Barcelona
In good company: The controversial director took in the sights with wife Soon Yi-Previn and their adopted daughters Bechet and Manzie Tio in the Catalan city
Allen was holding hands with Previn as they arrived at the Venice Lido ahead of the first official screening of his latest film, but the applause was overshadowed by jeers from those opposed to his presence over allegations that he was killing his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow. had sexually abused. , which he strongly denies.
Previn is the adopted daughter of Woody’s ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow.
Farrow and Allen had been together since 1979, but that all changed thirteen years later when the director, then 55, and Previn, then 21, were caught having an affair.
Appearing at a press conference earlier that day, Allen admitted that he has been “very lucky all my life” and “hasn’t been held accountable for things I’ve done badly” in his job.
The four-time Oscar winner has been a divisive figure in Hollywood in recent years, with many of the stars of his films distancing themselves from him following a renewed focus on allegations that he sexually abused Dylan, his adopted child with former partner Mia Farrow.
However, Allen said he has been blessed with good fortune throughout his life and career.
Speaking at a press conference for his new film Coup De Chance at the Venice Film Festival, where the film is being screened out of competition, he told reporters: ‘I was very lucky; actually been lucky all my life.
‘I had two loving parents, I have good friends. I have a wonderful wife and marriage, two children.
Helping hand: Allen linked arms with Bechet, while Previn walked alongside Manzie Tio as the family headed to a local art gallery
Don’t mind us: Allen and Previn mingled with other visitors Monday as they made their way through the Catalan gallery
That’s better: the filmmaker was seen taking the burden off his feet by stretching out on the gallery steps as oblivious visitors walked by
‘In a few months I will be 88 years old. I’ve never been to the hospital. Nothing terrible has ever happened to me. I’ve been very lucky all my life.
‘When I started making films, all the people chose to emphasize what I could do well and not hold me accountable for the things I did poorly. They were very generous to me.
“And I’ve been very lucky with my filmmaking. And I’ve had a lot of undeserved praise and a tremendous amount of attention and respect in my lifetime.
‘And so I’m just lucky, and of course I hope it holds, it’s early this afternoon.
“I’ve been very lucky so far.”
Coup de Chance is a ‘sophisticated affair’ that fits the classic Allen model: a light-hearted analysis of love and infidelity with a beautiful woman at the center.
It is the story of a bond between two young people that leads to marital infidelity and ultimately to crime.
Coup de Chance (Stroke of Luck) is his first film entirely in French, reflecting the fact that the director is now more popular in Europe than in the United States.
Allen has been effectively blacklisted by Hollywood since the #MeToo movement over allegations that he abused his adopted daughter in the 1990s, which he claims were fabricated by his ex-partner Mia.
Allen is best known for films such as 1977’s Annie Hall, 1979’s Manhattan, 1986’s Hannah And Her Sisters and 1989’s Crimes And Misdemeanors.
Controversy: Allen’s wife Previn is the adopted daughter of his x-girlfriend Mia Farrow
Present: The filmmaker was supported by his wife and their adopted daughters at the premiere of his film Coup De Chance at the Venice Film Festival on September 5 (photo)