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Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

Penelope Cruz to Receive Honorary Cesar Award
Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43nd Cesar Awards ceremony, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, on March 2 in Paris.

“Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in [smaller] films, whether [she’s working] for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’ (‘Todos Lo Saben’), which will come out in May,” said Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

In the statement announcing Cruz’s honorary Cesar, Terzian discusses the actress’s relationship with Alejandro Amenábar and especially Pedro Almodóvar, with whom she has done several films, including “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “I’m So Excited!,””Broken Embraces” and “Volver,” which earned her a best actress prize at Cannes in 2006 and an Oscar nomination.

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We Are the Flesh | Review

Live Flesh: Minter’s Perverts the Shadows in the Cave with Delirious Debut

Director Emiliano Rocha Minter (who was the still photographer on Gerardo Naranjo’s 2011 film Miss Bala) becomes the latest in a growing wave of Mexican filmmakers prizing Grand Guignol wrapped social commentary with his debut We Are the Flesh, a cannibalistic incest film set almost entirely in cave with all the soft ambience of a rock hewn sex club.

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New to Streaming: ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ Pedro Almodóvar, ‘Train to Busan,’ ‘The Bfg,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Always Shine (Sophia Takal)

With the excess of low-budget, retreat-in-the-woods dramas often finding characters hashing out their insecurities through a meta-narrative, a certain initial resistance can occur when presented with such a derivative scenario at virtually every film festival. While Sophia Takal‘s psychological drama Always Shine ultimately stumbles, the chemistry of its leads and a sense of foreboding dread in its formal execution ensures its heightened view of
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Pedro Almódovar’s Entire Film Library Heads to iTunes

Pedro Almódovar’s Entire Film Library Heads to iTunes
All 19 of Pedro Almodovar’s films are now available on iTunes.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released The Complete Pedro Almodovar Collection on the Apple streaming service Tuesday, November 29.

Nine of the films in the collection are available in high definition for the first time in the United States. The Spanish filmmaker’s first two films, “Pepi, Luci, Bom” and “Labyrinth of Passion,” are making their domestic debut.


Film Review: ‘Julieta

The films included in the collection are “Pepi, Luci, Bom,” “Labyrinth Of Passion,” “Dark Habits.” “What Have I Done To Deserve This?.” “Matador,” “Law Of Desire,” “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (in collaboration with the Criterion Collection),” “High Heels,” “Kika,” “The Flower Of My Secret,” “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk To Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver,” “Broken Embraces,” “The Skin I Live In,” and “I’m So Excited!”

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New Pedro Almodóvar Film ‘Julieta’ Gets Release Date; Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Rest of Library

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New Pedro Almodóvar Film ‘Julieta’ Gets Release Date; Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Rest of Library
Sony Pictures Classics has set a Dec. 21 theater release for Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film “Julieta,” and acquired the remainder of his film library. The new acquisitions include “Pepi, Luci, Bom;” “Labyrinth of Passion;” “Dark Habits;” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?;” “High Heels” and “Kika.” The full library also includes “Matador,” “Law of Desire,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “The Flower of My Secret,” “Live Flesh,” “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver,” “Broken Embraces,” “I’m So Excited!” and “The Skin I Live In.” “Julieta” premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Join The Asghar Farhadi Avengers

After scooping up Best Screenplay and Best Actor honors for The Salesman at the Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi has swiftly landed two more international prizes for his next film: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The Oscar-winning couple reuniting onsceen is only the half of it; as previously announced last year, they join producers Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar for Farhadi’s first Spanish-language project. If you place the emphasis on the first word in “cinematic universe,” this is the sort of continent-crossing collaboration of which one dreams. As the superheroes behind A Separation, Volver, No Country for Old Men, All About My Mother, and Wild Tales coalesce and move towards production, we can’t wait to see what kind of direction they take the project.

While Cruz, Bardem, and the brothers Almodóvar have all collaborated with one another in some form before – recently, Broken Embraces, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; not so recently,
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The New Girlfriend | Blu-ray Review

After premiering at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival in the Galas Program, via Cohen Media, the double 40th César Award nominated The New Girlfriend received a limited theatrical release a year later for a meager box-office take just under one hundred and fifty thousand. Based on a novel by Ruth Rendell, Francois Ozon’s playful subversion of gender dynamics hinges on camp, recalling a legion of vintage queer classics from decades ago (as well as Ozon’s own darker, challenging early filmography when the auteur was referred to as a terrible enfant). As politically correct agendas continue to be applied to queer characters, engulfing deliberations of appropriate representation, items such as Ozon’s film have become a rarity in the English language market. But there’s a perverse mixture of dark comedy and psychological unrest portrayed here, and Ozon gleefully captures a neglected energy of queer cinema once again relegated to the periphery of good taste.
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Writers Guild to honour Pedro Almodóvar

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Writers Guild to honour Pedro Almodóvar
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.

Career highlights include Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Live Flesh, All About My Mother, Talk To Her and Volver.
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Writers Guild Honors Pedro Almodovar With Jean Renoir Award

Writers Guild Honors Pedro Almodovar With Jean Renoir Award
The Writers Guild of America West has selected Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar as the recipient of its Jean Renoir Award for screenwriting achievement.

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,
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The New Girlfriend | 2014 Tiff Review

The Skin I Live In: Ozon’s Exquisite New Exploration of Gender Subversion

For his most playful and delightfully creepy film in years, Francois Ozon adapts crime writer Ruth Rendell’s short story for his latest, The New Girlfriend. Rendell has long supplied a bevy of European filmmakers with some of their most memorable titles, including Claude Miller’s Alias Betty (2001), Pedro Almodovar’s Live Flesh (1997), and perhaps, most notably, Claude Chabrol’s La Ceremonie (1994) and The Bridesmaid (2004). An excellent purveyor of strange and complicated relationships that often involve sublimated identities and tendencies that often lead to deadly scenarios, Rendell serves as an excellent template for Ozon with material that recalls the sexually transgressive explorations of his early career.

Claire (Anais Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) have been inseparable friends since childhood. They’ve followed nearly the same life trajectory as well, both marrying handsome young men and what not.
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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects,
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'The New Girlfriend' ('Une Nouvelle amie'): Toronto Review

The seductive mystery fiction of British writer Ruth Rendell has proven highly adaptable source material for a number of non-Anglo European filmmakers, among them Claude Chabrol in La Ceremonie and The Bridesmaid, Claude Miller in Alias Betty and Pedro Almodovar in Live Flesh. Francois Ozon joins the list with The New Girlfriend, spun from a 1985 short story by Rendell into a delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense. Ozon has carved a career out of scratching beneath the cool surface of the

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The New Girlfriend’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The New Girlfriend’
An air of Hitchcockian menace and free-floating sexual perversity is by now nothing new for Francois Ozon, but rarely has this French master analyzed the cracks in his characters’ bourgeois facades to such smooth and pleasurable effect as he does in “The New Girlfriend.” A skillfully triangulated psychological thriller about a woman who learns that the husband of her deceased Bff is harboring a most unusual secret, , making for a warmer, more open-ended experience than the creepy Ruth Rendell tale from which it’s been “loosely adapted.” Powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris, Ozon’s “Girlfriend” should have willing arthouse escorts lining up worldwide. It opens Nov. 5 in France.

Rendell, that icy master of British detective fiction, has been best served onscreen by European filmmakers outside the U.K., at least on the evidence of Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh.
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Remembering James Garner, Elaine Stritch and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in July

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Alex Angulo (1953-2014) - Spanish Actor. He is best known here for playing the doctor in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth (see below). His other movies include the 2006 Gary Oldman starrer The Backwoods, Pedro Almodovar's Live Flesh and Alex de la Iglesia's The Day of the Beast, Accion Mutante and Dying of Laughter. He died in a car accident on July 20. (El Pais) Paul Apted (1967-2014) - Sound Editor. He worked on the...

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Spanish Actor Alex Angulo Dead At 61

I hope someone in Madrid is dimming the lights on the Schweppes sign; that would be a fitting tribute to one of its best actors. Álex Angulo, star of films such as The Day of the Beast, Live Flesh, and Pan's Labyrinth, has died in a traffic accident in his native Spain. Likely best known to film audiences through his work with Álex de la Iglesia, this is a tremendous loss for Spanish cinema.Born in the Basque country, Angulo got his start in local theatre before moving to film in 1981 with Escape to Segovia (directed by Imanol Uribe). But it was his film with de la Iglesia that brought him to greater prominence. First, as one half of conjoined twins in Mutant Action, who...

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Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Titles Added to TF1 International Catalogue

TF1 International has added four titles from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar to its catalogue slate — “Broken Embraces,” “Bad Education” (pictured above), “Talk to Her” and “Volver.”

The titles are produced by film production company El Deseo, operated by Almodovar and brother Agustin Almodovar.

TF1 is also adding two Isabel Croixet films produced by El Deseo: “My Life Without Me” and “The Secret Life of Words.”

TF1 already handles international sales rights to four other Almodovar films, co-produced by Ciby 2000 — “High Heels,” “Kika,” “Flower of My Secret” and “Live Flesh.”

“We have a long lasting relationship with El Deseo which we value tremendously and we are delighted to strengthen it with these new amazing productions “ said TF1 International CEO Daniel Prejlocaj.

El Deseo is supervising a restoration of Almodovar films including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Kika,” “Talk to Her” and “Volver,”along with production of exclusive material for home video editions.
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Happy Birthday Pedro Almodovar! Who Is The Hottest Guy From His Filmography?

Out Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has been one of the great unique voices in cinema for over thirty years, and has inspired countless other writer/directors, both real and … imagined.

From his early cult films (Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls on the Heap), (Labyrinth Of Passion ), to his first taste of worldwide acclaim (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown), to his later arthouse award-winners (All About My Mother, Talk To Her), Pedro has always marched to his own drummer. Even rare misfires, such as last year’s I’m So Excited, are still more interesting than most of the dreck that comes out of Hollywood.

And if there’s one thing Pedro knows, it’s how to fill his films with hot guys. He’s never shied away from male nudity and sex scenes, be it gay or straight, and because two of Pedro’s strongest visual assets are pop and gloss,
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Almodovar To Be Honored With EFA Career Nod

Almodovar To Be Honored With EFA Career Nod
Pedro Almodovar is being honored by the European Film Academy (Efa) with its honorary European Achievement in World Cinema Award for his outstanding body of work.

The Spanish director whose work is often considered emblematic of the cultural energy prompted by post-Franco democracy, will be an honorary guest at the 26th European Film Awards Ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.

Almodovar, whose background is in offbeat theatre, Super-8-filmmaking, and underground magazines, started his film career with “Pepi, Luci, Bom,” shot in 16mm in 1980 with a largely amateur cast, except for Carmen Maura.

In 1986, he founded the production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first project was “Law of Desire.” Since then, the shingle has produced all of Almodovar’s films and also works by other young directors.

In 1988, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” brought Almodovar big international recognition and the Best Young Film award
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Efa to honour Pedro Almodóvar

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Efa to honour Pedro Almodóvar
Spanish director to receive European Achievement in World Cinema Award.

The European Film Academy (Efa) is to present director Pedro Almodóvar with the honorary award European Achievement in World Cinema Award for his outstanding body of work.

Almodóvar said: “I am very thankful for this award. From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.”

The background of the Spanish director was in independent theatre, Super-8-film making and underground magazines in the 1970s. After 18 months shooting on 16mm, in 1980 he opened Peip, Luci, Bom, a low-budget film made up of newcomers, except for actress Carmen Maura.

In 1986, he founded production company El Deseo S.A. with his brother Agustin. Their first project was Law of Desire. Since then, they have produced all the films that Almodóvar has written and directed, and have also produced other young directors.

In 1988, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
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Five Essential… Films of Pedro Almódovar

Jackson Ball selects his five essential films of Pedro Almódovar...

Whether you are a massive fan, or just mildly aware of European cinema, you will probably recognise the name Pedro. In the past thirty years, he's not just become one of the most influential filmmakers in his native Spain, but indeed the entire continent. Known for pushing boundaries, his movies often deal with challenging topics like sexuality and gender roles. These thought-provoking themes are weaved into complex narrative structures, and given a splash of pop culture for good measure.

From his humble beginnings rebelling against the Franco regime, to the international acclaim he's received since; he has compiled a complex and accomplished back-catalogue of films. Still making films well into his sixties, Almódovar shows no sign of slowing down in his advancing years. Here is just a selection of my favourites...

5. La Piel que Habito/The Skin I Live In
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