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Pedro Almodovar Opens Up About Panama Papers, Hollywood’s ‘Diabolical Sexism’

19 May 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pedro Almodovar is tired.

The Spanish film icon is double fisting black coffee and water, his eyes look heavy, and he admits that after five days at the Cannes Film Festival, he’s operating on very little sleep.

Almodovar is in the South of France to hawk his latest, “Julieta,” an adaptation of three Alice Munro stories that stands as one of his most muted works. It’s understated depiction of a mother and a daughter’s deteriorating relationship is in stark contrast to his previous effort, the neon-hued airline comedy, “I’m So Excited.” That film had all the subtlety of a Gloria Gaynor anthem.

Julieta” was intended to be a departure in another way, as well. Meryl Streep was attached to play the mother role. Almodovar intended to make his English-language film debut, while shooting for the first time in the United States.

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- Brent Lang

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'Sparrows' scoops Prague Grand Prix

29 March 2016 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Prague International Film Festival’s primary award went to Iceland for the second year running.

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows was awarded the Grand Prix in the New Europe Competition at this year’s Prague International Film Festival - Febiofest which closed with the Czech premiere of Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie The Eagle.

Rúnarsson’s sensitive coming of age story is the second Icelandic film in a row to receive the top honour in Prague after Baldvin Zophoniasson’s Life In A Fishbowl took the Grand Prix home in 2015.

Amnesty International Award

Febiofest’s 23rd edition also saw the launching of a new prize, the Amnesty International Febiofest Award.

A jury consisting of the actress Martha Issová, the director of Amnesty International Czech Republic, Mark Martin, and the former Rotterdam programmer Gertjan Zuilhof selected Carlos Tribino Mamby’s The Silence Of The River from a line-up including Mustang, Nahid and Strange Heaven.

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- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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