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Madrid – Spanish actresses Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte will topline “Silencio,” the next film from Pedro Almodóvar, a “female universe drama,” in Almodóvar’s words, charting one woman’s life between 1985 and the present day.
Almodovar’s 20th feature, “Silencio” will go into production in May, shooting over much of Spain. In it, Ugarte, who broke through with 2013 period TV series “The Time in Between,” and Suarez, a respected film actress first seen in Julio Medem’s 1992 debut “Cows” and prized for 2010 Karlovy Vary winner “The Mosquito Net,” will play respectively a younger and older Julieta, a woman “struggling to survive on the verge of madness,” according to a Thursday press release.
“’Silence’ talks about inevitable destiny, a guilt complex, the unfathomable mystery which »
- John Hopewell
Italian pubcaster Rai’s sales arm Rai Com has scored its first sale on Italian first-timer Lamberto Sanfelice’s Berlin Generation drama “Chlorine” and is doing brisk biz with Cristina Comencini’s ensemble laffer “Latin Lover,” which boasts a stellar cast including late great Italian actress Virna Lisi.
Paris-based arthouse distributor Paradis Films has taken French rights to “Chlorine,” a coming-of-ager about a teenage girl whose dreams of becoming a synchronized swimming champ are sidelined by a family tragedy. Pic, produced by Ang Film and Ginevra Elkann’s Asmara Films, screened in Berlin segueing from its Sundance bow. Good Films will release in Italy.
Spain’s Wanda Distribucion Cinematografica, Australia’s Palace Films and Taiwan’s Swallow Films have picked up Cristina Comencini’s “Latin Lover,” a comedy that turns on a group of women who descend from different countries upon a Southern Italian village for the commemoration of a famous dead actor, »
- Nick Vivarelli
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
Colorful Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, a prize that honors an international writer who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter. That can certainly be said of the iconic writer/director of such visionary masterworks as "Talk to Her," "Bad Education," "All About My Mother" and 1988 breakout "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Recently, on the heels of announcing next film "Silencio," Almodóvar revealed that he turned down the chance to direct "Brokeback Mountain" because it would've meant making Hollywood-friendly alterations. He's the kind of subversive international filmmaker who's used to only answering to himself—and to his brother and coproducer Agustín Almodóvar, with whom he founded El »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Pedro Almodóvar’s next film will be called “Silencio.”
The Oscar-winning writer-director revealed the title in a recent interview and said the movie would be a “hard-hitting drama” with a female lead.
“It’s called ‘Silencio’ because that’s the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist,” he told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday.
The filmmaker, »
- Travis Reilly
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." »
- E. Alex Jung
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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