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CANNES '08 | Woody and Penelope
Woody Allen today (Saturday) in the South of France. Cannes Film Festival veterans Allen and Penelope Cruz shared the stage inside the Palais des Festivals, chatting with a standing room only gathering of journalists. Allen's romantic comedy (with a twist), "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," delves into a culture clash summer fling involving two women, Cruz & Scarlett Johansson, and one man, Javier Bardem. Set in Barcelona, the film mixes dialogue in both English and Spanish, as Cruz explained, "I love that Woody gave us that freedom to go back and forth with both languages and improvise," she praised, later adding that she would love to make many more movies with Allen. "He really gave us a lot of freedom in both languages," she added, despite her hesitation to change the written word of Woody Allen. As for Allen, his next film is a romantic comedy he is shooting in New York with Larry David in the lead role. "I can't say too much about it other than its a picture that takes place in New York about a group of highly neurotic characters who interact in ways I am hoping you will think is funny," Allen quipped, "You may or may not, if you don't I will have failed."
"I made it romantic because I wanted the tragic part of it to sneak up on you," offered American auteur