Pedro Almodovar has had a wild few years, dodging from the wild horror tale The Skin I Live In to the brightly colored comedy I’m So Excited!, which was also generally little-seen, at least in the US. Now he’s going to make a film called Silencio. Not to be confused with Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence, this Almodovar project is described by the director as “a return to the cinema of women” — that being a reference to his own body of work that is dominated by deeply-felt melodramas and comedies focused on the lives of women.
This new film will not be a comedy, but a serious drama — we’ve got what few details are currently public, after the break.
Almodovar told the Financial Times:
It’s a return to the cinema of women, of great female protagonists, and it’s a hard-hitting drama, which excites me…It’s called Silencio because that’s the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist.
So, not at all a comedy then, not even a very Almodovar comedy. But this return to his core concern is promising regardless, and we can hope that it will stand well alongside his most-praised films. There’s no more info in the interview — no cast or specific story details — which is otherwise still quite interesting.
He does say,
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