4 items from 2008
- Today's announcement (Sony Pictures Classics picks up a 10th Pedro Almodovar picture) proves that in the rare case, long term partnerships do exist. Of course, what makes Michael Barker and Tom Bernard's move a no-brainer is that they are working with one of those exceptional directors that always manages to bring something worthwhile to the table, a sure bet among art-house pics. With the purchase, Spc add Cannes clout to their 2009 line-up. Currently in production and nearing the end of it, (I sometimes keep tabs on the production via Pedro's multi-lingual blog ), Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos) grabs some of the narrative, film noir ideas that the Spanish filmmaker first toyed around with in Bad Education. Once again featuring Penelope Cruz finds herself in the lead role, and the picture is described as "a four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of '50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled, »
1 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cruz, who received a best actress Oscar nomination for Almodovar's previous film, "Volver," will play a provincial actress in the movie, which has been shooting in Madrid and the Canary Islands. Working from his own screenplay, Almodovar has described the movie as an amour fou involving four characters (played by Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluis Homar and Jose Luis Gomez) in the style of a hard-boiled, '50s American film noir. The cast also includes Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave, Lola Duenas and Angela Molina, who will play Cruz's mother.
Produced by the director's brother, Augustin Almodovar, "Embraces" is the 10th Almodovar film that Spc has handled. In addition to "Volver," Spc was the domestic distributor for Almodovar's foreign-language Oscar winner "All About My Mother, »
- By Gregg Kilday
LONDON -- Pedro Almodovar's Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) has fallen into the arms of Universal, with the studio stumping up with a co-financing deal for Agustin and Pedro Almodovar's production banner El Deseo on the picture.
Focus Features International will handle worldwide sales outside Spain, France, the U.K., Benelux and Switzerland, the studio arm said. Spanish rights to the film are retained by El Deseo.
Universal Pictures co-chairman David Linde and Agustin Almodovar of El Deseo said Thursday that Universal's International Studio will co-finance Almodovar's next directorial outing with star Penelope Cruz.
Shooting is scheduled to begin at the end of May on location in Madrid and the Canary Islands.
"Because of their understanding of our way of working, we have decided to deepen our collaboration with David Linde, Universal and Focus so Focus keeps on handling the international sales and Universal becomes our financial partner," Agustin Almodovar said. »
MADRID -- Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will chronicle the progress on his upcoming project Broken Hugs on his newly created blog, the Oscar-winning director's production house El Deseo announced Wednesday.
Almodovar will include pictures, videos and other snippets from the film, set to begin shooting in May. The film noir centers on plastic surgeon who seeks revenge on the man who raped his daughter.
The blog will be available by Friday in English, Spanish and French at PedroAlmodovar.es. »
4 items from 2008
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