Woody Allen is finally coming to the Venice Film Festival.
Allen will be showing up for the first time, coming in support of his latest, “Anything Else,” which kicks off the fest’s 60th edition.
Though a rookie at the event, Allen has long felt the pull of the city of canals.
Two of his pics bowed at the Venice Fest in the early ’80s, and again starting in 1993, his films preemed there for seven of the next eight years. He was awarded a Golden Lion lifetime achievement award in 1995.
He filmed part of his tuner “Everyone Says I Love You” in Venice in 1996, and returned the following year to marry his current wife, Soon-Yi Previn, in a secret ceremony, with the wedding party ensconced at the Gritti Palace.
He once toyed with buying a house there — a 15th century palazzo on the Grand Canal.
Allen’s films became such a staple on the Lido that his decision last year to preem “Hollywood Ending” at Cannes was interpreted by some as a slap at the Venice festival’s new management.
So intense was the flap that Allen felt compelled to speak out, saying of Venice, “I can’t wait to go back.” Any remaining doubts about his sincerity should be erased when he appears at the Aug. 27 bow of “Anything Else,” starring Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Fallon and Danny DeVito.
“I’ve never been to Venice at festival time, and the city has been so generous and supportive to me and I love it so much that it will be a great honor,” Allen said upon announcing his plans to attend.