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Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
The film spans 30 years in Julieta’s life from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is on the verge of madness.
Decadent and emotionally enveloping, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is a thoughtfully sumptuous portrait detailing the fragility of family, and the viral nature of guilt. Arguably his finest work since 2006’s Volver, the master of melodrama brings humanity and heft to cruel subject matter with Julieta, and has delivered a product which although unmistakable, is also essential.
Adapted from three Alice Munro short stories, this shattered reflection of loss and yearning actually plays out like a twisted suburban thriller; one quilted in mystery and suspense. For every tonal shade of his past repertoire, »
- Chris Haydon
More than 20 years after making her name as Pedro Almodóvar’s muse, the Spanish actor and fashion icon is starring in his latest film, Julieta. She discusses age, glamour – and why she wants to play a kung fu superhero
Rossy de Palma’s left eye is a gentle sea-green, the lid softly hooded; her right eye is brighter and rounder, a sparkling hazel. As the sulky, menacing Marian in the new Pedro Almodóvar film, Julieta, the left eye seems to dominate, casting a melancholy spell. But today, as herself – a vivacious arthouse icon – the right takes over. She is positively radiant.
The skew of her features is softer in person than it looks on screen, her long nose more Modigliani-elegant than Picasso-strange. Still, her looks are such that it would be impossible for her to walk into a room without being noticed. In fact, as I am waiting in the »
- Jess Cartner-Morley
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Sony Pictures Classics have announced they have acquired the rest of Pedro Almodóvar’s full library of films, including “Pepi, Luci, Bom”; “Labyrinth of Passion”; “Dark Habits”; “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”; “High Heels” and “Kika.” Spc will release his latest, “Julieta,” in theaters on December 21.
Based on short stories by Nobel laureate Alice Munro, “Julieta” is “about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, guilt complexes and that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed. The cast includes Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez and Rossy de Palma. It »
- Kate Erbland
The film, which debuted in Spain in April and screened at Cannes in May, was acquired in June, 2015, by Sony Classics when its title was “Silencio.” Based on the stories of author Alice Munro, “Julieta” is about a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty.
Suárez and Ugarte play older and younger versions of the film’s protagonist, Julieta, between the years 1985 and 2015. “Silencio” is Almodóvar’s 20th feature film and the ninth movie by him handled by Sony Classics, which include “I’m So Excited,” “Bad Education,” “Volver,” “Broken Embraces,” “The Skin I Live In,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her” and “The Flower of My Secret.”
Peter Debruge wrote in his review for Variety: “Almodovar has constructed an extremely unconventional mystery, one »
- Dave McNary
Harvey Keitel, Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma and Stanislas Mehrar have joined the cast of French director Amanda Sthers’s English-language debut Madame, a comedy-drama revolving around a housemaid asked to masquerade as a wealthy heiress by her employees.
The feature - produced by Paris-based Lgm in partnership with Studiocanal - will shoot in Paris for six weeks from today (July 20).
Collette and Keitel play wealthy American couple Anne and Bob who have recently set up home in Paris and decide to give a high-class dinner for a dozen distinguished diners.
The last-minute arrival of Bob’s son from his first marriage suddenly takes the number of guests to 13. The superstitious Anne asks housemaid Maria (played by de Palma) to change her uniform and pretend to be a wealthy Spanish friend.
In this guise, she is seated »
“We are happy to open this year’s festival with a film by one of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed filmmakers in recent decades, Pedro Almodóvar. Julieta is a cinematic celebration – a colorful, exciting, fun and thought-provoking film,” said Noa Regev, topper of Jerusalem Cinematheque and exec director of Jerusalem fest. “The aesthetic experience offered by the film will no doubt be even greater when shown on the giant screen at the Sultan’s Pool. Like most of Almodóvar’s works, it is focused on female protagonist and deals with women’s power.”
Based on a trio of short stories by Pulitzer-winning Canadian author Alice Munro, “Julieta” stars Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the title role, at different ages. Rossy de Palma also toplines. Pic will be released »
- Elsa Keslassy
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.
“At the last minute I felt insecure, »
- Brent Lang
This past weekend, screen icons Geena Davis and Susan Saradon reunited at the Cannes Film Festival, 2016 for the Women In Motion Award, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the contribution of women to cinema. The event was also timed for the 25th anniversary of the 1991 movie, which was directed by Ridley Scott. Can you believe that it was released 25 years ago?!!
Other guests at the dinner, which took place at the weekend here in Cannes, included Kirsten Dunst, Salma Hayek Pinault, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Vanessa Paradis, Chris Lee, Ana Girardot, Freida Pinto, Rossy De Palma, Loubna Abidar, Elsa Zylberstein, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Julie Gayet, as well as actors Gael García Bernal, Mads Mikkelsen and Vincent Perez.
We have a highlights video from the event, which you can watch below.
Click here for all of our Cannes 2016 coverage.
- Paul Heath
Almodovar on Julieta: 'I prefer to make films in which I don’t feel obliged to push my own emotions to the fore because I have become a bit bored with my own melancholy and sadness' Photo: Cannes Film Festival He has veered wildly from the kitsch to the outrageous. Today Pedro Almodóvar, at 66, is displaying distinct signs of mellowing maturity.
Speaking in Cannes before the red carpet screening of Julieta tonight (May 17) - which stars Emma Suárez, Adriana Urgante, Rossy De Palma and Daniel Grao - he said the film represented the way he feels, saying: “For me at the moment the passage of time is important. I am bit older than most of you. It is not that I feel like an old man but I am getting there. I never would have been able to make this film until now when I am 60-something years old. »
- Richard Mowe
Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta, based on three short stories by Alice Munro and featuring Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Dario Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Pilar Castro, Nathalie Poza, Susi Sanchez, Joaquin Notario, Priscilla Delgado, Blanca Pares, Ariadna Martin and Rossy de Palma, opens in Spain today, and we're collecting the first round of reviews in English. For Variety's Peter Debruge, "While Julieta represents a welcome return to the female-centric storytelling that has earned Almodóvar his greatest acclaim, it is far from this reformed renegade’s strongest or most entertaining work. Instead, following the high-altitude frivolity of I’m So Excited, the director’s relatively tame 20th feature finds him once again adopting a serious (read, 'respectable') attitude, eschewing comedy and high-camp melodrama in favor of plain old mellow drama." » - David Hudson »
In what was meant to be his English-language debut, Pedro Almodovar optioned a trio of short stories by Pulitzer-winning Canadian author Alice Munro — “Chance,” “Soon” and “Silence” — about a Vancouver woman named Juliet Henderson, but it wasn’t until he rechristened the character “Julieta” and relocated her to Madrid that the narrative became his own. Like 2003’s “Talk to Her,” the film opens with a red curtain, except that here, instead of rising to reveal a theater stage, the scarlet fabric actually appears to be breathing. In fact, it is not a curtain at all, but a woman’s red blouse, behind which lies the heart whose secrets Almodovar respectfully proceeds to explore — a process that will span three decades and demand two leading ladies to accomplish.
While “Julieta” represents a welcome return to the female-centric storytelling that has earned Almodovar his greatest acclaim, it is far from this reformed »
- Peter Debruge
There are plenty of movies we’re hoping we’ll make the red carpet at Cannes, but one that’s almost a near certainty is Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.” The filmmaker is back three years after his not so well received “I’m So Excited!” and five years following his underrated “The Skin I Live In.” Today we get our biggest peek yet at what he’s pulled together with a batch of new photos. Read More: Watch: First International Trailer For Pedro Almodovar's 'Julieta' Formerly titled “Silencio,” changed to avoid confusion with Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” Almodovar’s movie details the tumultuous life of Julieta across 30 years, from 1985 to 2015. Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte are in the lead roles, with Inma Cuesta, Rossy de Palma, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Darío Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Joaquín Notario, and Blanca Parés co-starring. "Julieta" opens in Spain on April 8th »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pedro Almodovar is a unique talent in modern cinema who has seemed to, almost effortlessly, continued to bridge the gap between Hollywood and inventive Spanish film-making with movies such as Talk to Her, Volver and The Skin I Live in, to name but a few.
Today we’ve got the first official English-language trailer for Julieta, which Almodovar writes and directs. Julieta is a teacher of fifty five, who decides to write a long letter to her daughter, Antía, to try and explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years but there’s an early twist because she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years.
- Dan Bullock
After earning mixed reviews for last effort "I'm So Excited" (Los Amantes Pasajeros), which was a departure from emotional dramas and into more the satirical territory, Spanish master Pedro Almodovar seems to be back to dealing with family secrets between mothers and daughters in his upcoming feature "Julieta" (formerly known as "Silencio").
The film, which will open in Spanish cinemas on April 8, tells the story of Julieta, a woman who is losing grip on her life and whose best years with her daughter seem to be behind her. "Julieta" stars Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, and Michelle Jenner.
While there is no U.S. release day yet, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights to distribute the film stateside as it has been the case with Almodovar last eight films.
Take a look at the new Spanish trailer below (which does have English-subtitles).
- Carlos Aguilar
Among cinephiles, one of the most anticipated features of 2016 is certainly Pedro Almodovar's long-awaited "Julieta." Originally titled "Silencio," the drama follows its eponymous character and her love and heartbreak over the course of thirty years, from 1985 to 2015. Read More: Pedro Almodovar Renames 'Silencio' To Avoid Confusion With Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' The movie stars Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the lead roles, while Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Almodovar regular Rossy de Palma and others round out the support. The film has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for a U.S. theatrical release, though no specific release date has been set. "Julieta' will be released in Spain on April 8, followed potentially by a screening at Cannes. Watch the international trailer above. »
- Zack Sharf
Manuel here. A new Pedro Almodóvar film is always cause for celebration. Yes, even when his last one (I'm So Excited) left many of us cold. Initially titled Silencio, the film is now called Julieta, making it only the second time he's named a film after its heroine. Let's hope Julieta makes for a more pleasant and engaging character than Kika, though.
The trailer is wonderfully oblique, with very little dialogue, so those of you who would otherwise need English subtitles can still bask in the visual sumptuousness of Jean-Claude Larrieu's photography. The D.P. is one of many newcomers to the Almodóvar family: both of his leading ladies, Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte (sharing the title role) are making their Almodrama debuts. But don't worry, actress Rossy de Palma and composer Alberto Iglesias are also onboard, giving Julieta the feel of vintage Pedro. Indeed, the visuals and what »
- Manuel Betancourt
“Having ejected political comedy from his system, Pedro Almodóvar returns to ‘women’s pictures’ with the simply titled Julieta, which will see two actresses (Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez) play the lead at different ages,” we noted in our most-anticipated films of 2016 feature. “As usual, the premise remains quite mysterious, other than for the fact that Julieta’s misfortunes will come from ‘silence’ — the film’s original title. Ugarte and Suárez are Almodóvar neophytes, but this will see him reunite with one of his original muses: the enchanting Rossy de Palma.”
With a release set for April in Spain, we now have a new international trailer and poster for Almodóvar’s next feature. While English subtitles are absent for now, it gives us a sense of the large ensemble in the story that spans thirty years. Hopefully stopping by Cannes before a U.S. debut in the fall, check out »
- Jordan Raup
In case the slew of Super Bowl trailers and TV spots last night wasn't enough, this morning you can kick off your day with a brand new promo for one of the year's most anticipated films, at least among cinephile circles — Pedro Almodóvar's "Julieta." Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016 Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte lead the ensemble which also includes Inma Cuesta, Rossy de Palma, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Darío Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Joaquín Notario, and Blanca Parés, in the drama which follows the tumultuous life of Julieta across 30 years, from 1985 to 2015. Spain will get the film first on April 8th. Sony Pictures Classics will release the picture in the U.S., but no date has been set just yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Superheroes, blockbusters and spectacle await audiences at the multiplex in the coming year, but for those with a more discerning palate, Pedro Almodóvar's "Julieta" is one of 2016's highly anticipated cinematic meals. And another taste has arrived with a new poster for the film. Read More: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar: A Retrospective Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte lead the drama which tracks the tumultuous life of Julieta across 30 years, from 1985 to 2015. Inma Cuesta, Rossy de Palma, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Darío Grandinetti, Daniel Grao, Joaquín Notario, and Blanca Parés, round out the supporting cast for this effort, which is coming very soon... at least overseas. "Julieta" opens in Spain on April 8th. No word yet on a U.S. release date, but Sony Pictures Classics will be handling the picture stateside. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Writer: Pedro Almodovar
Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar returns to high drama with Julieta following the sillier escapades of 2013’s I’m So Excited. Showcasing a female driven cast headlines what is described as a ‘powerful, intense drama,’ self-produced by the director and his brother through their own production company, El Deseo. The film was recently retitled from the original Silencio in order to avoid confusion with Martin Scorsese’s 2016 title of the same name. Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez star as the titular protagonist, which documents the earlier events from Juliet’s life from the 1980s forward, explaining what brought her to her present day madness.
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics »
- Nicholas Bell
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