Woody Allen arrived at the Cannes Film Festival to bask in the glow of his latest flick, but instead was mocked for his sleazy past — and even called a sex predator at his own premiere.
“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the US you haven’t even been convicted of rape,” deadpanned French comedian Larent Lafitte, the master of ceremonies at the screening of Allen’s “Cafe Society.”
The joke — an apparent reference to director Roman Polanski, who in 1978 fled to France after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl — drew heavy gasps from the crowd.
As the 80-year-old “Annie Hall” director suffered in Cannes, his son, Ronan Farrow, piled on back in the United States, publishing a piece in The Hollywood Reporter that revisited allegations that Allen sexually abused Ronan’s adopted sister, Dylan.
Farrow blasted actors who continue to work with his estranged dad.
“Tonight, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with a new Woody Allen film,” he wrote.
“He’ll have his stars at his side — Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg. They can trust that the press won’t ask them the tough questions. It’s not the time, it’s not the place, it’s just not done.
“There will be press conferences and a red-carpet walk by my father and his wife (my sister).”
But the media didn’t go as easy on Allen as Farrow predicted.
At a press conference held just before his film’s screening, Allen was forced to feign deafness to dodge a question about why his films often include affairs or pair young women with older, creepy men.
In his current film, 26-year-old Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame is in a love triangle with Carell — a gray-bearded 53-year-old.
Blake Lively, Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg at the “Cafe Society” premiere on May 11. Photo: Getty Images
“What did she say?” Allen screeched. “You know I have hearing aids and I put the microphone over my hearing aids to give me a double shot and it’s still not working.”
Eisenberg, who stars in “Cafe Society,” repeated it in a less pointed way: “How do you decide on your romantic motifs?”
“I have always thought of myself as a romantic — this is not necessarily shared by the women in my life,” Allen retorted.
Another reporter asked if Woody has ever thought about matching a younger man with an older woman.
Woody Allen, Soon-Yi Previn and younger children
Allen, who was dating Mia Farrow when he had an affair with her 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, said he doesn’t have any experience “to draw on.”
“I wouldn’t hesitate to do that if I had a good idea for a story with a 50-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man. It’s a perfectly valid comic idea,” he said.
But Allen then told a story about having a “big crush” on a 50-year-old woman when he was 30.
Woody Allen (right) and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, attend the Cannes opening ceremony.Photo: Getty Images
“She was married and wouldn’t go near me with a 10-foot pole,” he explained.
Allen put on a brave face during an hour-and-a-half lunch he shared with Soon-Yi and three other pals at the swanky Nikki Beach, sources said.
Donning his signature bucket hat, Allen greeted fans and posed for pictures, according to sources.
Later that evening came the big red-carpet premiere of his new movie.
Ronan Farrow, who has long criticized his father, said the film world has been silent about the claims against his dad, who has vehemently denied he committed sexual assault.
“That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t.”
Additional reporting by Danika Fears