The noise inevitably generated by his latest red carpet appearance died down on Monday as Woody Allen enjoyed a day in Barcelona with his family.
The controversial director, 87, was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers while promoting his latest film at the Venice Film Festival on September 5.
But he welcomed a more subdued reaction from spectators while admiring the scenery with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, 52, and their adopted daughters Bechet and Manzie Tio in the Catalan city.
Allen hugged Bechet, 24, as Previn walked alongside Manzie Tio, 23, as the family headed to a local art gallery after having lunch with friends.
The filmmaker was seen taking the weight off his feet by stretching out on the gallery steps as oblivious visitors streamed past.
Coming out: The noise inevitably generated by his latest red carpet appearance died down on Monday as Woody Allen enjoyed a day in Barcelona with his family.
In good company: the controversial director visited the Catalan city with his wife Soon Yi-Previn and their adopted daughters Bechet and Manzie Tio
Allen stood hand in hand with Previn when they arrived at the Venice Lido ahead of the first official screening of his latest film, but the applause was overshadowed by boos from those who objected to his presence following allegations which he allegedly sexually assaulted his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. , which he vehemently denies.
Previn is the adopted daughter of Woody’s ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow.
Farrow and Allen had been together since 1979, but everything changed 13 years later when the director, then 55, and Previn, then 21, were caught having an affair.
Appearing at a press conference earlier today, Allen admitted he had been ‘very lucky my whole life’ and ‘hadn’t been held accountable for the things I had done wrong’ in his job.
The four-time Oscar winner has become a divisive figure in Hollywood in recent years, with many stars of his films distancing themselves from him after renewed attention to allegations that he sexually assaulted Dylan, his adopted child with his former partner Mia Farrow.
However, Allen said he has been lucky throughout his life and career.
Speaking at a press conference for his new film Coup De Chance at the Venice Film Festival, where it is being screened out of competition, he told reporters: “I was very, very lucky; really 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 bother us: Allen and Previn mingled with other visitors as they browsed the Catalan gallery on Monday
It got better: The filmmaker was seen taking the weight off his feet by stretching out on the gallery steps as oblivious visitors walked past him.
“In a few months, I will be 88 years old. I have never been hospitalized. Nothing bad has ever happened to me. I’ve been very lucky my whole life.
“When I started making films, everyone chose to focus on the things I was capable of doing right and not hold me accountable for the things I was doing wrong. They were very generous with me.
“And I’ve been very lucky with my cinema. And I have received, over the course of my life, much undeserved praise and an enormous amount of attention and respect.
“So I’m just lucky, and I hope it holds, of course, it’s early this afternoon.
“So far I’ve been very lucky.”
Coup de Chance is a “sophisticated affair” that fits the classic Allen mold: a light-hearted dissection of love and infidelity with a beautiful woman at its center.
It is the story of a complicity between two young people, which leads to marital infidelity and finally to crime.
Coup de Chance is his first film entirely in French, which reflects the fact that the director is now more popular in Europe than in the United States.
Allen has been effectively ostracized by Hollywood since the #MeToo movement over allegations that he molested 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.
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 during the premiere of his film Coup De Chance at the Venice Film Festival on September 5 (photo)