The former New York congressman and his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, allowed filmmakers to follow his 2013 run for New York City mayor. But as a Tuesday report from the New York Times detailed, the events of the campaign—and as a result, the documentary—didn't provide the couple with the political comeback story they'd hoped for.
The Times got an exclusive look at the upcoming documentary “Weiner” ahead of its Sundance Film Festival premiere on Sunday. The film shows a “panicking” Weiner “racing through the back halls of a McDonald’s to avoid a woman with whom he traded inappropriate texts,” according to the report, while Abedin is portrayed as displaying a “steely calm.” She asks an upset staffer about to leave the couple's Manhattan apartment to “look happy” in case photographers are outside in one scene, according to the Times.
Abedin and Weiner apparently have yet to see any of the film themselves, though. The Times reported "she and her husband have repeatedly pleaded with filmmakers to see the movie, but have not been allowed to do so, as the project has been kept under tight control."
"Weiner" is the second feature-length film with a direct connection to Democratic presidential frontrunner Clinton to be released this year. Action-film director Michael Bay premiered "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" last week.
Both Abedin and the Clinton campaign declined the Times' requests for comment.