Woody Allen brings his Magic premier to Chicago

Event: Legendary writer/director, Woody Allen, made a rare appearance in the Windy City on July 19 for the premier of “Magic in the Moonlight,” starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. More than 150 city and suburban fans attended a private reception at the Bellwether restaurant, adjacent to AMC River East theatres, before getting a sneak peak of the film.

Allen’s latest creation takes viewers to the South of France where Stanley Crawford (Firth), aka “Wei Ling Soo, the most celebrated Chinese conjuror” with an allergy to phony spiritualists, goes on a mission to the Côte d’Azur in order to expose as a fraud the intriguing young clairvoyant, Sophie Baker (Stone).

Cause célèbre: “The things that interest me are those that I feel are meaningful to people,” explained Allen about the theme that runs throughout all his films. “I have never been political. I have always done things that have relationships or have subjects about the meaning of life…and these things always resonate with people (and) don’t date as much because the subjects are more eternal.”

Allen came to promote his film alongside his funders, executive producer/investor Ron Chez and Metropolitan Capital Bank.

“We are located in the historic Tree Studios developed by Judge Lambert Tree,” explained Michael Rose of Chicago, chairman/CEO of MetCap. Tree sought to foster a renaissance of the art community in Chicago after the Columbian Exposition of 1893. “Being an organization that has defined itself civically by fostering a greater appreciation for the arts, we try to be good stewards of that (art movement).”

Richard Keneman of Winnetka, chief lending officer of MetCap noted: “As far as I am concerned, Woody is art (and) this is what our bank is all about — doing something for our clients, something artistic, something like this.”

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