Woody Allen mounting film campaign in Israel
Moviemaker Woody Allen has held talks with Israeli officials over a campaign to persuade him to shoot a film in the state.
Israel President Shimon Peres reportedly met with the Annie Hall director in New York earlier this year to discuss the possibility of a location shoot in the Middle East.
Now it has emerged the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Markat, has held talks with Allen and actress Diane Keaton over dinner in Manhattan about the proposal to film in the capital city.
A Jerusalem municipality spokesman tells Israeli newspaper Haaretz, "Allen replied that he would seriously consider it. Barkat plans to meet with Allen again during his next visit to the U.S."
Earlier this month, editors at the Jewish Journal launched an online campaign to persuade Allen to use Israel as the setting for his next movie.