WOODY ALLEN said that he began shooting movies in European cities because he couldn’t afford to do it any more in New York.

However, the American film director told reporters today in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo that he finds Manhattan poses fewer limitations than European communities, where more tailoring of the story is required to fit the location.

WOODY was in Spain to attend the premiere of his latest film, the romantic comedy YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER in nearby Aviles.

The film was shot in London and stars NAOMI WATTS, ANTHONY HOPKINS and ANTONIO BANDERAS. At the news conference in Oviedo, WOODY was joined by Lucy Punch and Gemma Jones, who are also in the film.

WOODY has recently been in France shooting his next movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

He hit out at American cinema saying the majority of films over the past decade had been made just for money and lacked creative spirit. In comparison, he said European films are much more artistic.

He also praised Spanish actors saying they were now among the most accomplished and versatile, singling out ANTONIO in this film as well as JAVIER BARDEM and PENELOPE CRUZ, with whom he worked in his 2008 movie VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA.

“I’m lucky I got to work with the very best ones,” commented WOODY, who said he could not afford to pay actors much but that they appeared in his films because they liked to act.

On Monday WOODY – who is in Oviedo with his wife SOON YI PREVIN – took part in a promotional video for the Asturias region, known for its stunning mountains and coastal scenery.

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