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Depardieu stars in new DSK film


A man speaks on the phone near the poster of the movie inspired by the story of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), 'Welcome to New York,' directed by Abel Ferrara and starring French actor Gerard Depardieu and British actress Jacqueline Bisset on May 16, 2013 during the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.


Valery Hache

BRUSSELS, Belgium — We didn't know there was anything too raunchy for the internet, but apparently the new movie about Dominique Strauss-Kahn's fall from grace is.

The trailer for "Welcome to New York," which is based on the former International Monetary Fund chief's scandalous sexual exploits, was released Thursday, only to be pulled later this morning.

Indiewire, which got a sneak peak at the preview before it disappeared, called it "appropriately bombastic."

The teaser was released exactly two years after Strauss-Kahn's disastrous stay at a Manhattan Sofitel suite, when hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo accused him of sexual assault. DSK claimed their encounter was consensual.

Strauss-Kahn — who was considered a frontrunner for the French presidency before the incident — is played by French actor Gerard Depardieu, equally shrouded in controversies of his own.

The pairing of these big beasts of French public life may be the most monsterous movie match up since Godzilla met King Kong.

However for legal reasons it seems that the movie never actually names Strauss-Kahn, so Depardieu may just be playing some other sex-crazed French head of an international finance body who is married to a beautiful US-born TV star, but gets arrested in New York after an incident with an African hotel maid.

That details seems unlikely to lessen the films's voyeuristic appeal. The trailler shows the oversized Gallic superstar engaged in a variety of complex sexual encounters with a several female compainions before cutting to the sceen where he emerges from the shower in the Manhatten Sofitel.

"Why do you do all this f***ing?” a friend asks during one orgiastic sceen.

“What do you prefer, playing golf?” Depardieu replies.

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The film is directed by Abel Ferrara, who got his start in pornography before moving on to grindhouse movies and independent films. He also directed Hollywood blockbusters "Body Snatchers" and "Dangerous Game."

"Welcome to New York" has had to contend with its own on-set scandal: Isabelle Adjani dropped out of the role of Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair in the wake of a tell-all book by journalist Marcela Iacub, about her own affair with the ex-IMF head. 

British actress Jacqueline Bisset has since taken on the role. 

"The trailer appears primed for Cannes as a sales trailer, and in that respect, everything you'd expect from both Ferrara and Depardieu is on full display: the lurid, low-lit depiction of seedy rooms and activities and the hulking, silent men that occupy them — all set to the pulsing Goldfrapp soundtrack," Indiewire reported.  

"The movie looks rightly gratuitous, well-composed / -financed, and even a little fun," the Film Stage touted

Well, we'll just have to wait and see if it pops up online again soon. There's only so much the web can handle.