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Iciar Bollain’s “The Olive Tree,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” and Paula Ortiz’s “The Bride” have made Spain’s short-list for its Oscar submission. The country’s final Academy Award candidate will be announced on Sept. 7.
The short-list pits three titles by auteurs from three Spanish filmmaking generations, each offering, in different measure, an offshore appeal beyond their arthouse-to-crossover Spanish market base.
“The Olive Tree” (pictured) marks the seventh film by actress-turned-director Iciar Bollain, whose feature helming debut, comedy “Hi, Are You Alone?,” dates from 1996.
Produced by Madrid-based Morena Films and Germany’s Match Factory Productions, and sold internationally by eOne’s Seville Intl., “The Olive Tree” is written by Ken Loach’s regular scribe Paul Laverty, who was inspired by a newspaper article he read.
Indirectly addressing the social, economic and emotional effects of Spain’s still-recent boom-to-bust crisis, the film follows a family in a village in Eastern Spain, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
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
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. »
- J. Clara Chan
The director has limited himself to ‘pure drama’ for his 20th movie. Here he talks about Brexit, the vanished freedom of the 1980s, and his need for solitude
Is Pedro Almodóvar getting more respectable? You might say so. When the international film scene first caught up with the Spanish writer-director in the late 80s, he had already been notorious in Spain for nearly a decade with his films inspired by low life and high melodrama – lurid, cheerfully scandalous, irrepressibly polysexual stories of porn stars, punk rockers, serial killers and rebel nuns. Now, 20 features into his career, Almodóvar has long been recognised as a European classic, with his films since the mid-90s, including All About My Mother and Volver, largely turning away from outrage and perversity. Instead, Almodóvar has come to specialise in emotional complexity, stylistic elegance and a distinctly high-art sobriety, never more so than in his latest film, »
- Jonathan Romney
Madrid — Sony Pictures Releasing has set an Aug. 19 release date in Spain for “Boy Missing” (“Secuestro”), the latest suspense thriller from Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar, producers of “The Orphanage,” “Julia’s Eyes” and “The Body,” three of Spain’s highest-profile psychological thrillers of the last decade.
The sales agent of “Wild Tales” and “The Clan,” Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has acquired internationals sales rights to “Boy Missing,” reflecting a common practice in Spain, where a Hollywood studio handles domestic distribution in the country and a sales agent handles international sales.
Public broadcaster Rtve, pay TV operator Movistar Plus, regional TV network Televisio de Catalunya and cable net Cosmopolitan TV share TV rights in Spain in a strong show of local TV interest in the title.
Film Factory will host a private screening of “Boy Missing” at this week’s 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, an arrangement used by sales agents »
- John Hopewell
Cruz’s superb performance elevates this lovely if sometimes flawed drama about family, friendship and illness
There is such a lovely performance here from Penélope Cruz: rich, intelligent, generous – her best since Almodóvar’s Volver. Without Cruz, this movie might not have added up to as much. But with her vivid presence, it shimmers and throbs. Writer-director Julio Medem has created a very emotional drama; the word “weepie” does it a disservice, as it did to the movies of Douglas Sirk. Cruz plays Magda, an unemployed teacher and single mum to a bright teenage boy called Dani (Teo Planell). At the moment she discovers she has breast cancer, Magda forms a tender relationship with Arturo, a man dealing with a tragedy of his own: this is another of the film’s outstanding performances – that excellent Spanish actor, Luis Tosar. The movie further creates a kind of platonic love triangle, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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.
- Daniel Crooke
Spanish filmmaking legend Pedro Almodóvar has long trafficked in making funny, feeling and unique films about women, from "All About My Mother" to "Volver" and "Talk to Her," but despite his solemn vow to never leave "the universe of women" he loves so much, he rarely sees that same affection reflected in the industry at large. At Cannes to show off his "Julieta" (another film about women, of course), the director sat down with Variety to discuss some of the challenges he sees in Hollywood, and how they directly impact the talents of female stars he so admires. "Hollywood is losing an enormous opportunity when it doesn’t actually create these good roles for women of all ages," Almodóvar told the outlet. "When it doesn’t actually create good roles to talk about mothers, about girlfriends, about daughters, about sister-in-laws." Read More: Cannes: Pedro Almodóvar on »
- Kate Erbland
The story is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by best-selling author Lisa Zeidner and focuses on a successful traveling saleswoman, who decides to go on the lam from her life.
A master of reinvention, she develops elaborate scams for sneaking into hotel rooms, alone or with a guest, and a passion for swimming in their pools.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Cruz will produce with Animus Films’ Jim Young and Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly. Fortitude International’s Nadine de Barros and Robert Barnum are executive producing and Fortitude International is financing.
The project, currently in pre-production, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by best-selling author Lisa Zeidner. The book was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
The story focuses on a successful traveling saleswoman, who decides to go on the lam from her life. A master of reinvention, she develops elaborate scams for sneaking into hotel rooms, alone or with a guest, and a passion for swimming in their pools.
Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and will present the project to buyers in Cannes.
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- Dave McNary
The Cannes Film Festival unveiled the Official Selection for its 69th edition today at a packed press conference in Paris.
There were few surprises in Competition – aside from the inclusion of Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, the first German film in Competition since Wim Wenders’s Palermo Shooting in 2008 – and the news that this year’s Palme d’Or winner will be the closing film.
The more exploratory Un Certain Regard section, however, welcomed a number of newcomers including Romanian director Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs, Us filmmaker Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, and Personal Affairs (Omor Shakhsiya) by Maha Haj, a Palestinian citizen of Israel.
Cannes Film Festival general »
In April Showers, Team Tfe looks at our favorite waterlogged moments in the movies. Here's Manuel on Law of Desire (1987).
Almodóvar is the air again due to Chus Lampreave's passing and his latest, Julieta getting solid reviews (his best since Volver). And since April is “Actor Month” here at Tfe let's kill two birds with one stone by looking at a small scene featuring Antonio Banderas and Eusebio Poncela from the 1987 classic Law of Desire.
The film centers on Antonio (Banderas) and his obsessive fixation with a gay film director (Poncela). After stalking him and eventually roping his way into his life, Antonio settles on trying to shape Pablo after his own image. First, he fixes some things around Pablo’s messy apartment, including some tiles in his shower, and then, the next day he takes it upon himself to set some sort of routine for them.
- Manuel Betancourt
Almodóvar aficionados, like you and I, have been dreading this day. But every great movie face eventually only still flickers on screens and in our memories. The great Chus Lampreave, so memorable in so many Pedro Almodóvar movies, has died at 85 years of age. She had been home bound recently in Almería.
Her film career began when Pedro was just a pre-teen. She was given her first acting job by the director Jaime de Armiñán. Like many directors after him, he worked with her repeatedly, including in the Oscar nominated film My Dearest Senorita (1972). She came to international fame via her relationship with Pedro Almodóvar though. She joined his troupe early on as one of his subversive nuns in Dark Habits (1983). She was always easy to spot with those coke bottle glasses, that tiny frame and inimitable voice. Dark Habits was the first of eight collaborations with Pedro over the »
- NATHANIEL R
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
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
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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