Woody Allen and Barcelona declared their affection for each other at a sweltering press conference on Monday with a phalanx of pols and security guards in attendance.
â€œI hope I can present Barcelona to the world as I see it, the same way I presented Manhattan to the world as I saw it with my eyes,â€ said Allen, dressed in a natty fly-fisherman hat, as he unveiled a few more details about his next pic, which shoots in Spain from July 9.
â€œI want to write a love letter to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the world,â€ he added, as much perhaps by way of diplomacy as clarification.
That affection is returned by Barcelona and Spain at large.
Standing next to him, Spainâ€™s ebullient Culture Minister Carmen Calvo proved Allenâ€™s closest fan, producing a fuchsia-colored abanico to profusely fan the director, before declaring that Allen â€œmakes philosophy with cinema. Heâ€™s a brilliant example of what cinema represents in contemporary culture.â€
The little news that emerged from the press conference was that Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn and Chris Messina have joined the cast.