In his 40-year career, Pedro Almodóvar was never tempted by the allure of the Hollywood lights to direct an English-language film, like so many of his international compatriots. The Spanish auteur’s unique brand of candy-colored kitsch, of bold colors and even bolder emotions, would only be neutered under a Hollywood studio, which Almodóvar was probably well aware of. So it’s fitting that he would only cross the language barrier under his own terms, in isolation, with the short film The Human Voice, anchored by a blazing performance from Tilda Swinton.
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There was a big hoopla earlier this year when Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar announced that he would be following up his Oscar-nominated masterwork Pain & Glory with his first-ever English language feature. But before the auteur crosses the Atlantic to make his foray into the English language, Almodóvar will be returning to his roots once again to do what he does best: make a Madrid-set movie about mothers with his longtime collaborator Penélope Cruz. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic apparently pushing back plans for Almodóvar to develop his first English-language feature, the filmmaker has set his next feature to be a drama called Madres Paralelas starring Cruz.
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The power of Tilda Swinton can convince many an international director to make the foray into English-language features. Swinton has partnered with Bong Joon-ho and Luca Guadagnino in English-language projects, and now she has worked her ethereal magic on Pedro Almodóvar, who will make his first English-language project in his 46-year career with a short film starring the actress and a dog. The Pain and Glory director is preparing to make his first English-language feature following the short film starring Swinton, which will act as a sort of testing ground for the Spanish auteur’s foray into the English language.
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Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams have created a stunning, essential new book devoted to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2001 gothic horror movie The Devil’s Backbone. Through in-depth interviews with del Toro and the cast and crew of the film, the Devil’s Backbone book details both the making of one of del Toro’s best films, and del Toro’s insights into filmmaking as a whole.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get back in touch with our goth side, kid around with a boy who is dealing with a dead mom, grift for fun, explore the depths and legend of Jacques Cousteau, and see what Almodóvar is up to. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
If the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders look kind of, well, foreign, that’s probably because only three have opened in the U.S. so far. But they are coming, slowly but surely, and the next to land on our shores is Argentina’s Wild Tales.
Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Damián Szifrón, Wild Tales unveils six separate tales of revenge. It’s dark, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect — it’s a sharp-edged satire centered around people who’ve simply had it up to here with this messed-up world. Check out the Wild Tales trailer after the jump. Read More »
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. Read More »
At first, Pedro Almodovar‘s new film I’m So Excited! seems to move away from the psycho-sexual weirdness of his last movie, The Skin I Live In and its predecessor Broken Embraces. The colors are bold, the energy is big, and the tone is defiantly upbeat, at least from what we’ve seen of the film to date.
But all is not necessarily well. The film follows “the passengers and crew of an imminently doomed plane, as hysteria begins to take over the plane’s interior.” Because this trailer is entirely in Spanish, there will be readers who have to determine the particulars by inference alone. But because it’s Almodovar, whose visual storytelling is reliably brash, there’s more than enough to digest here even without the dialogue. Plus there are little appearances from Almodovar’s old compatriots Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
Update: The trailer has hit the UK, this time with English subtitles. I’ve swapped out the old Spanish-only embed and bumped this to give you a look at the subbed version.
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Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s going to be an arthouse-friendly summer. Following yesterday’s announcement that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight would land in theaters Memorial Day weekend, Sony Classics has just set June and July openings for two more upcoming auteur releases, Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited and Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine.
The news is less positive for DreamWorks’ animation slate, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been pushed from late 2013 to early 2014, knocking Me and My Shadow off the schedule altogether. And finally, rounding out this batch of release date updates is Last Vegas, which is moving up to avoid the crowded Christmas slate. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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One thing we can probably all use today is a light, colorful, perhaps even strange comedy.
I’m So Excited! is the new film from Pedro Almodovar, and it couldn’t appear to be more different from his last, The Skin I Live In. This brief teaser shows a few bored or irritated passengers on an airplane, and then focuses on three male flight attendants who break into a rendition of ‘I’m So Excited,’ by the Pointer Sisters.
No, I don’t know what that’s all about, either. But I kinda love it.
The film features Javier Camara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Duenas, Raul Arevalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, and “special collaborations” with Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Paz Vega. I don’t know what “special collaborations” means, either, but we’ll find out soon. Read More »