Offering light relief

Helmer Chelsom happy to offer up Gotham pic

“Serendipity” preemed Thursday in the DGA’s small theater with an after-party for 50 guests at the House restaurant. Director Peter Chelsom said he felt positive about going ahead with the New York-set pic’s release.

“If you’d asked me, given the recent events, would I have chosen another time to release this film or would I have a different city to set it, the answer is no,” the helmer said. “This film is just relief, light relief and frankly I’m happy to do that now. That’s my job.”

Producer Simon Fields said he wanted the release of the film he called “a New York fairy tale” to be “respectful” and not only thought an L.A. preem was correct but added he’s looking forward to a “premiere in New York — not with a red carpet — where we fill it full of real New Yorkers and give regular New Yorkers a really good time.”

Though stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale didn’t attended because, according to a publicist, “they didn’t feel it was appropriate to be celebrating at this time,” those on hand included co-stars Jeremy Piven and John Corbett, co-editor Charlie Ireland, John Burnham, Celistino and Leslie Drago and Melanie Fields.

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