San Sebastin is already under strain from overtourism. With Allen shooting a film here, the city could become a victim of its success, says the geographer Mikel Agirre-Maskariano
Summertime in San Sebastin rekindled the annual debate about the strains created by excessive tourism. This year, though, residents of the Basque provincial capital have also had to put up with our city being turned into the latest Woody Allen film set. The movie, Rifkins Festival, is about a couple who fall in love while in town for the San Sebastin film festival, drawing on the annual event (this years begins on 20 September) as the backdrop to a romantic comedy.
At a time when Allen is being shunned by many people in film, the veteran director has seemingly found a reliable ally in his Spanish partner Mediapro. The company ishandling the co-production and distribution of Rifkins Festival, just as it did with Allens previous movie endeavours Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, among others. Whatever the legitimacy of the #MeToo movements calls for an Allen artistic boycott, the impact his film could have on the urban fabric of the city is currently of greater concern to many of us in San Sebastin, a city which has been undergoing a metamorphosis since hosting the European capital of culture in 2016.
Allens relationship with the city goes back to 2004 when he premiered Melinda & Melinda at the citys film festival. Allen was back in 2008 for the screening of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which then became an inspiration for local and regional powers keen to promote the city and region.
So delighted was the council about Rifkins Festival that it threw an official reception at city hall to welcome the director on the eve of shooting. At a press conference beforehand Allen was enthusiastic about gracing the city, saying: Id like to convey to the world my view of San Sebastin the way I conveyed my view of Paris or New York to people.
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