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The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
Almodóvar will collect his honour at Wgaw’s 2015 Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 14.
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The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 14.
“Almodovar – the first name is almost unnecessary – is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Buñuel and so much more than that,” said WGA West VP Howard Rodman. “His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ his titles are as evocative as most people’s screenplays.”
“Yet for all their antic energy, Almodovar’s films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending ‘Talk to Her’ is to understand, »
- Dave McNary
Bowing Dec. 31 in France, the Wild Bunch-sold “Do Not Disturb,” re-twinning Patrice Leconte and Christian Clavier, the latter hot off “Bad (Serial) Weddings,” looks set to Leconte his best box office in a near-decade, a first-two-weekends 680,897 tix sold – broadly €4.4 million ($5.3 million), for Wild Bunch Distribution. That might be expected. Produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier at Fidelite Films, adapting Florian Zeller’s French stage play, itself inspired by Simon Gray’s “Otherwise Engaged,” first directed by Harold Pinter, “Do Not Disturb” features a strong ensemble – Carole Bouquet (“That Obscure Object of Desire,” ”Wasabi”), Valerie Bonneton (“Eyjafjallajökull”) and Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”), for instance. In it, Clavier plays Michel, a well-heeled dentist and jazz buff, who stumbles on a rare find, the original L.P. of a New Orleans jazz session in 1958, called, not coincidentally, “Me, Myself and I.” He settles down in his lavish living room, »
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The actress currently plays Pepa Marcos in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which debuted at London's Playhouse Theatre last night (January 12).
"I think comedy is the perfect vehicle for that which is slightly beyond life," she explained to Digital Spy and other press.
"I think going from doing TV and straight plays to Shakespeare is weird enough because you have this heightened language and you are telling a story through metric poetry. But I think music is that place beyond poetry.
"And I think comedy's a little like that. It's that place slightly beyond poetry where everything is heightened. So yeah, I mean, Green Wing the musical... who wouldn't do that?"
"This is an incredible tribute to my country," he said at a Q&A after a live screening of the performance. "I feel very grateful."
Almodóvar admitted to being involved in the adaptation "in a very passive way", reports The Guardian.
A previous attempt to adapt the 1988 comedy on Broadway proved a flop in 2010.
Theatre and musicals in 2015: What to look forward to
Almodóvar recently announced his next project, Silencio.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown opens at London's Playhouse Theatre tonight (January 12). »
While discussing the upcoming English musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, adapted from one his most popular films, famed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Talk To Her, The Skin I Live In) has revealed that the title for his next film will be called Silencio. In an extensive interview with The Financial Times about his career, Almodóvar says that he expects to begin shooting in April. Read his remarks below:
“The script is finished and we will shoot in April. We are involved in casting at the moment, which is complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos.”
By “actores amigos”, he means actors like Penelópe Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Lupe Dueña who are usually cast in his films. However, in this case, don’t count to see them in the new movie. He continues:
“It’s a return to the cinema of women, »
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Pedro Almodóvar has announced his next film project.
The Spanish director told the Financial Times about Silencio, which Almodóvar describes as a return "to the cinema of women".
"It's a return to the cinema of women," he said, "of great female protagonists, and it's a hard-hitting drama, which excites me."
He continued: "It's called Silencio because that's the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist."
Almodóvar also revealed that the script for Silencio is complete, and that the film is due to start shooting in April.
He said casting is currently underway, but that the parts are not quite suited to the range of actors he normally works with.
Almodóvar is behind films such as The Skin I Live In, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and I'm So Excited! »
Punk-rock Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has finished the script for his next film, titled Silencio, which will begin shooting in April. "It’s called Silencio because that’s the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist," he said in a profile in 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." For fans of Almodóvar, this immediately recalls classics like Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, and Volver. Who would snag the main role? While his close friend and muse Penélope Cruz is an obvious choice, it seems like he might go with someone completely different. "We are involved in casting at the moment, which is complicated because what I’ve written doesn’t quite work with my actores amigos." »
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Madrid – Pedro Almodóvar has set his next film: the Spanish-language “Silencio,” Variety has confirmed.
Almodóvar described the project to the Financial Times as a “hard-hitting drama which excites me,” reprising “the cinema of women, of great female protagonists.”
“‘Silencio’ is still in the early stages of definition, in the early stages of casting, with pre-locations, defining the scale of production,” Agustin Almodóvar told Variety on Saturday.
Returning to a femme drama, a film mode that has given Almodóvar some of his greatest successes, from 1995’s “The Flower of My Secret” through 1999’s “All About My Mother,” a Foreign Language Academy Award winner, to 2006’s “Volver,” with Penelope Cruz, reckoned one of the best films Almodóvar has ever directed, “Silencio” also looks set to »
- John Hopewell
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