Barcelona’s Love Dies For Allen

Woody Allen’s new project, promising to be “a love letter to Barcelona,” has found itself spurned by citizens of the Spanish city says Time Magazine.

When scouting locations for “Midnight in Barcelona,” Allen was met by adoring fans and enthusiastically welcomed. In the film, Scarlett Johansson stars as an American tourist caught in a love triangle with a local painter (Javier Bardem) and his jealous ex-girlfriend (Penélope Cruz).

Now that filming has begun however, weeks of roadblocks and a dispute over subsidies have made some locals regret the use of their city as a movie set.

To accommodate recent shoots, the city’s Socialist government shut down part of the city’s famed artery Las Ramblas, obstructing the locals’ morning stroll and blocking access to many restaurants.

With 10% of the film’s budget coming from the pockets of taxpayers in the city and its region Catalonia, some are getting a little cross – notably local filmmakers who feel Allen is getting special treatment.

On Monday, cast and crew began shooting in Oviedo, the less cosmopolitan capital of the region of Asturias, eight hours to the west.

A September 2008 release is slated for the film.