The first glimpse of Gérard Depardieu's dramatic interpretation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (or DSK as he is known in France), was made public on Thursday.
A preview for 'Welcome to New York', directed by American Abel Ferrara, and produced by French production company 'Wild Bunch,' was leaked online.
The movie appears to chart a variety of dubious sexual encounters on the part of DSK, a troubled relationship with his French-American wife Anne Sinclair (played by English actor Jacqueline Bisset), and an account of the Sofitel scandal, where DSK was accused of sexually assaulting a chamber maid in a New York hotel.
Speaking about the director's approach and motivation in making the film, Vincent Maraval, co-founder of the Wild Bunch production company, on Thursday told French daily 20 Minutes that the film was more cinematic than politically driven.
"Abel Ferrara isn't interested in Dominique Strauss-Kahn or French politics. What interests him is a public disgrace caused by an addiction, in this case sex, and what effect that can have on a couple living in denial," he said.
No exact release date has been set for 'Welcome to New York', but the film is expected to come out in 2014.
According to production company Wild Bunch, the images that appeared online were "pre-sale material intended to be shown to potential foreign buyers".
However, according to journalists, a Wild Bunch producer was on Wednesday seen in a Cannes restaurant showing the film on his tablet to an entourage.