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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
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
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
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
And the Oscar nominees are ... the whitest since 1998.
That's the truth as far as the acting categories are concerned. For the first time in 17 years, not a single person of colour stands to win an acting Oscar. [The Atlantic says the last entirely white Oscar nomination list was in 1995. We'll let them duke out which year it is.]
We here at Moviefone Canada looked at Oscar winners and nominees from the past decade to see how they stack up against the upcoming 2015 ceremony. We restricted ourselves to the acting, directing and screenwriting categories.
The definition of "people of colour," of course, varies widely. But when it comes to Oscar nominations, we largely considered people who don't come from an all-white heritage within the last couple of generations.
We plugged the numbers ... and 47 out of 350 nominees in the past 10 years went to people of colour.
That's 13 per cent ... and it's not enough. Especially when U.S. government statistics show that white people (excluding Hispanics or Latinos) make up only 62.6 per cent of the country's population. »
- Jesse Ferreras
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
Variety reported earlier today that Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has announced his next film. The director of such films as The Skin I Live In and Volver will begin production on his next film Silencio. "'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. Almodóvar said that Silencio will be a "hard-hitting drama which excites me," reprising "the cinema of women, of great female protagonists." The new movie's title refers to "the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist," Almodóvar hinted to the Financial Times. "Silencio" also looks set to open up the chance of a lifetime for an Spanish-speaking actress: Pedro Almodóvar admitted...
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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
Almodovar won't go into details about the film's plot, but does say the title describes "the principal element that drives the worst things that happen to the main female protagonist".
The screenplay is complete and production is slated to begin in April around various locations in Spain including Madrid. Almodovar says casting on the project will be complicated as the roles he's written don't quite work with his usual group of go to actresses.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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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