There’s snowflake for you

Summertime in San Sebastián 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, Rifkin’s Festival, is about a couple who fall in love while in town for the San Sebastián film festival, drawing on the annual event (this year’s 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 Rifkin’s Festival, just as it did with Allen’s previous movie endeavours Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, among others. Whatever the legitimacy of the #MeToo movement’s 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 Sebastián, a city which has been undergoing a metamorphosis since hosting the European capital of culture in 2016.

Cultural sorta place which hosts film festival complains about cultural film being made there.

Now that’s luvvie snowflake.

11 thoughts on “There’s snowflake for you”

  1. I love this #MeToo bullshit about Woody Allen. Contrast with the worship of Roman Polanski, who anally raped an underage girl and fled the country.

    Fucking nuts.

    The last thing my city needs is Woody Allen selling us to the world

    Translation: I’m doing pretty well, but the last think I want is the place getting busier and others doing well, so I’ll make up some shit about how making a film here will destroy the place.

    Anyway, I also demand the city takes in a hundred thousand African migrants.

  2. The problem for San Sebastian is that Allen’s films are vast productions, with casts of thousands, and horses, and catapults, and fleets of helicopters, and they take over huge swathes of the city, shutting everything down for months, and then Allen re-shoots everything again.

    Or am I thinking of another director?

  3. ” To be fair, Allen hasn’t made a decent film in decades.

    Ouch.

    I liked ‘Hannah and her Sisters’ but most of his films – especially the ‘comedies’ – leave me cold.
    They’d be better if he didn’t keep casting that whiny, neurotic little guy as the romantic lead.

  4. Re: Allen and his alleged noncery. Every now and then we see a teacher who has an illicit relationship with a girl, does time for it* but then they subsequently get married and are still together when she’s 40. This suggests to me that the guy was not a nonce and I reckon the same is the case for Allen.

    Re: Hollywood hypocrisy & Polanski – well Hollywood is literally the world capital of moral degeneracy. The whole Me Too farrago is a smokescreen to conceal a whole load of appalling shit. Same with Epstein and the hysteria about Randy Andy. You know that nothing will ever be found out about Clinton.

    *female teachers who have sex with underage boys don’t get locked up. Ooh that patriarchy.

  5. When even seventh-rate tourism destinations like the place I live end up as hospitality/gastro monocultures, with even the green market taken over by juice bars and coffee stands that only open at weekends and you can barely move for instagrammers, then we have a problem. But it’s so much easier to snort and carp at “snowflakes” than think about what liberal solutions there may be that keep both locals and tourists happy.

  6. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I liked Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants, but I reckon Allen lost his way years ago.

  7. “When even seventh-rate tourism destinations like the place I live end up as hospitality/gastro monocultures, with even the green market taken over by juice bars and coffee stands that only open at weekends and you can barely move for instagrammers, then we have a problem. But it’s so much easier to snort and carp at “snowflakes” than think about what liberal solutions there may be that keep both locals and tourists happy.”

    The solution is stopping people using travel as some form of oneupmanship, and that’s about social pressure.

    Personally, I can’t stand anywhere where the stuff only exists because of tourists. People knock the artificiality of Disneyland, but at least it’s honest about it. Someone doing a hula show in Hawaii for tourists is just as fake. If the tourists weren’t there, they wouldn’t be doing it.

    It’s all just so fucking boring. It’s people trying to pretend they’re so much more interesting than they are by going places. Often places that were once exotic and risky, but have Starbucks and an Apple store now.

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