Another of our most-anticipated Cannes premieres was shown to press early today, Cannes time, and reviews are hitting the web. Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin I Live In represents his first collaboration with actor Antonio Banderas in twenty years, and also marks a break in subject matter for the director.

Based on Thierry Jonquet‘s novel Tarantula (aka Mygale), the story follows an ambitious plastic surgeon (Banderas) whose wife was burned in an accident, leading him to attempt to synthesize a new, superior form of human skin. The picture seems like a weird medical horror/thriller story, and indeed, at the film’s press conference, the director said, “It’s a thriller indeed because it fits in with my life at present. Throughout my career as a director, I’ve worked in different genres—comedy, drama and now I’m in a thriller period. Through thrillers, you can touch on other types of genre. I don’t think it’s completely necessary to stick to the rules of a type of genre like people naively did in the ‘50s.”

Reviews so far praise elements (Banderas’ performance) while clucking a bit over the fact that the film isn’t supremely focused. That seems to be par for the course at Cannes this year, where there has been little overwhelming critical consensus about any film other than Lynne Ramsay’s widely-praised We Need to Talk About Kevin. We’ve got three clips and a small review sampling for The Skin I Live In, after the break. Read More »

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The working team of director Pedro Almodovar and actor Antonio Banderas was once potent, and while Mr. Almodovar has continued to make excellent films since their last pairing (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in 1990), Antonio Banderas has been slowly defanged over many years. So their reunion was reason enough to celebrate. The fact that their first film together in 20 years, The Skin I Live In, is a very messed-up sounding story about a surgeon and his… unusual… relationships with women make it even more tantalizing.

The film premieres very soon in Cannes and has a November release date planned via Sony Pictures Classics in the US. Now there is a wildly creepy teaser, which you can see after the break. This one is either going to significantly increase your interest in seeing the film, or help that interest dissipate altogether. Read More »

Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, has been picked up by Sony Classics and will play in competition at Cannes next month. The movie is definitely one of my most anticipated of the year, in part because it seems to be an excursion into new territory for the director. An adaptation of Thierry Jonque‘s novel Tarantula, it is in part about the revenge a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) seeks against the man who raped his daughter. But the surgeon is also sort of a psycho whose home life with his wife is, to say the very least,a bit deviant, and not quite to her taste. Intense stuff, it seems.

We’ve seen some fake posters for the film, a few early stills and a real poster. Now there are a few new legit stills, which you can check out below. Read More »

New Posters: Pedro Almodovar’s ‘The Skin I Live In’

One of the most enticing films that may well play Cannes this year — and, yes, one of the more frightening ones, too — is Pedro Almodovar‘s reunion with Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In.

The film is based on a novel called Tarantula that is nominally about a plastic surgeon who takes revenge upon the man who raped his daughter. But the novel sounds a lot more uncomfortable than a simple revenge film, because the surgeon also happens to keep his wife confined in their house, in which he forces her monthly into degrading sexual encounters with other men. Messed-up stuff, and definitely not what we’ve come to expect from Pedro Almodovar.

We’ve seen one poster for the film already that used a classic scientific illustration style to present one view of the film. Now there are some more posters, which position it much more explicitly as some sort of horror thriller. Read More »

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It’s been a big Toronto Film Festival for Harvey Weinstein, as The Weinstein Company picked up films like Dirty Girl, Sarah’s Key and the surprise hit of the fest, Submarine. But there’s another Harvey-related buy that might not make him as happy: IFC has picked up Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, a documentary about the industry titan.

The Barry Avrich-directed and produced film is said by IFC to be “a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein’s path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film.” Avrich previously claimed the film would be balanced, rather than a hatchet job.

The film isn’t yet finished, and a release date hasn’t been reported.[Deadline]

After the break, sales deals for John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, the Korean thriller I Saw the Devil, and pre-sales for Almodovar’s next and Dredd. Read More »

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Pedro Almodovar has been casting his next film La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) and got things off to a big start by including Antonio Banderas, with whom the director has not worked since 1990. Now Almodovar has hired actresses Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia) and Marisa Paredes. Both actresses have worked with Almodovar before; this will be the sixth film under the director for Paredes.

The film is about “a plastic surgeon’s revenge on the man who raped his daughter,” leading to the supposition that Banderas plays the surgeon and Anaya his daughter. Refer back to our last piece on the film for a long synopsis of the novel on which the movie is based, as it hints at how weird and uncomfortable this project might be. Can’t wait. [Variety]

After the break, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has a new Mary Jane, and Dexter gets a (slightly) unusual, possibly spoilerish cast member. Read More »

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Antonio Banderas and director Pedro Almodovar have made several movies together, but none since Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down in 1990. Now the pair are finally set to reunite in a film called La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In), which Almodovar calls “a terror film without screams or scares.” Read More »

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