Welcome to New York

In May 2011, a 32-year-old maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel brought charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a key member of France’s Socialist Party and managing director of the International Monetary Fund, alleging that he had sexually assaulted her in his hotel room. His subsequent arrest became headline news around the world; in the wake of his criminal trial, other women came forward with allegations of sexual assault, and Strauss-Kahn fell rapidly from political power. Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York is plainly based on this scandal; Ferrara cast several of the New York City cops who dealt with Strauss-Kahn as fictionalized versions of themselves, and even shot scenes in the fancy New York townhome where the Frenchman served out his house arrest. Continue reading >>